The Miss America contest winner gets to wear a crown encrusted with diamonds and worth $200,000. She only wears it for television broadcasts. It is too valuable and a security risk to be wearing it out in public. It stays under lock and key and is heavily guarded. What one sees in public is pretty but only a copy.
Today’s verse speaks of a crown which is in fact far more valuable than any literal diamond encrusted one. This crown represents our eternal hope and the joy we will experience in the presence of the Lord. But even more, the crown represents the people who have come to Christ through one’s testimony and influence. The crown represents as well those who the believer has encouraged and helped to grow closer to Him, as Paul had for the believers in the church in Thessalonica. If we “glory” or boast at all, it will not be in our own exploits of faith or our good works. Our glory will be individuals.
What joy there will be to see in Heaven those for whom we have prayed so diligently! What a thrill to see someone walk through those gates for whom we had given up hope! That sacrificial gift made to help the Gospel spread will mean we will see believers from every tribe and nation! Aspiring to this crown is a worthy goal! I am my Mother’s crown as she led me to the Lord as a small child. My crown is made up of individuals I have loved and prayed with over the years.
Lord, keep me faithful.