“Crowns and Jewels and Prizes, Oh My!”

So what do you think? Were you ever told that you get “a jewel in your heavenly crown for every soul that you bring to Jesus”?

I’m not sure if this is just a Southern U.S. Bible Belt thing or not. I just know that’s what I had been told, but it’s not something that I can find in the Bible, at least not in that way.

Does it seem odd to you that a faith-based belief system would be spread by a works-and-rewards-based motivation? And after all of that “convincing other people” work to win jewels for your crown, you have to give it up?

the twenty-four elders fall before the one who is seated on the throne and worship the one who lives forever and ever; they cast their crowns before the throne, singing, “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” Revelation 4:10-11 (NRSV)

Does “sharing your faith with others in order to get a reward in heaven” seem in some ways to you like “believing in Jesus in order to escape the judgment of hell”? Both make me wonder about my true motivation, and that’s what this comic strip is trying to explore.

…“Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.” Revelation 5:12 (NASB)

When it comes to motivation, there is no greater motivation, I believe, than the Lamb That Was Slain, Real Life Jesus.

This is perhaps my favorite image of Jesus in all of the Bible. And really, isn’t that image what caused us to love Him in the first place? And so shouldn’t it motivate all that we do?

9 thoughts on ““Crowns and Jewels and Prizes, Oh My!”

  1. My mom used to go door-to-door witnessing to people, but stopped doing that after a few years. Instead, she let her life be a witness for the Lord. She was never shy about talking to others about their faith and beliefs, but I think she felt knocking on doors was intrusive and not the best way to tell people about Christ. She didn’t apply numbers of souls saved to jewels in a crown.

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    1. Thanks so much, Will. It sounds to me as if your mom’s life was exactly what this little series has been about, letting our daily lives be a witness to our faith in such a way that others are drawn to us.

      There’s no telling how many lives she touched in one way or another just by the way she let Christ’s presence and love Show through her life.

      I imagine others asking, “How do you hold up? Where do you get your strength? How are you not discouraged?” What a wonderful opening to be able to honestly share one’s faith through different stresses of life, particularly as the wife of someone serving in the military.

      Just hearing about your mom’s faith has benefitted me today! Thanks again!

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    1. Yes, I agree. I’ve heard those two ways of looking at things as the two sides of a coin, but it still being the same coin, though I must admit, it is still a bit perplexing to me!

      Maybe that’s where being led by the Holy Spirit comes in? (Then you don’t wonder which side of the coin is facing up, you just sort of let it roll?!?)

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  2. In most ways I am a baby Christian, though I was saved 25 years ago. Being away from the faith and then returning allowed my life to be a testament to the saving grace of Jesus Christ (much of which is detailed in my blog). I find it abhorrent to succumb to a works based faith, and a ‘jewel in the crown’ for every person who comes to Christ. It isn’t supposed to be about works and expecting a reward. It is about the love for our savior and the good news of His saving grace.

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  3. I did hear the story of jewels in our crowns when I was a little girl. I didn’t care then or now. Lol I think it is nice we will get a crown, I’m sure they are pretty, but i could be happy without one.

    I think my original motive in becoming a Christian was selfish. I wanted to live forever. It was mostly, if not all, about me. The great thing about God is he will take us, crappy motive and all. It shows his great humility.

    After years of being a Christian, I feel very excited about being with the Trinity. I just can’t wait to see them and talk with them. I’m really awestruck to think that will actually happen one day.

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    1. Belle, I think you’ve got the right perspective and the right motivation! Sometimes, well fairly often actually, I get concerned about people taking some of the faulty misguided paths that I’ve taken. That’s why I appreciate your wisdom and experience so much! Thank you!

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      1. Wow, that is very nice of you to say. It is good to warn people off the wrong paths we have taken. Everything in life seems to be a learning experience.

        I have been quite a slow learner in the school of Christ. But God is so patient with us. I’m grateful for that.

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