We're placing this in our bulletin next sunday. Thought i'd share it in case you would have a use for it :)
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things DONE IN THE BODY, according to what He has done, whether good or bad." (2 Corinthians 5:10)
Most Christians really do not realize the seriousness of this verse - that we are all going to have to give an account to Jesus for everything that we have ever done down here on this earth - all of the good with all of the bad.
"... and each one will receive His own reward ACCORDING TO HIS OWN LABOR." (1 Corinthians 3:8)
This verse is telling us that the rewards given to us by God will be totally dependent on what we accomplish for Him while living down here on this earth.
"And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to everyone ACCORDING TO HIS WORK." (Revelation 22:12)
"... I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you ACCORDING TO YOUR WORKS." (Revelation 2:23)
Crowns Awaiting God's Children: How many will you have?
1. Crown of Righteousness: for love of Christ's Return
given to all who have loved His appearing, who have lived a good and righteous life for God on earth.
2. Incorruptible Crown: the crown of self-denial
given to those focused on finishing the race. 1 Cor. 9:24-27
3. Crown of Life: the martyr's crown
4. Crown of Rejoicing: the soul-winner's crown
5. Crown of Glory: the undershepherd's crown
"The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed.
SHEPHERD THE FLOCK OF GOD which is among you, serving as overseers, not by constraint but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the CROWN OF GLORY that does not fade away." (1 Peter 5:1-4)