Revelation 2:10 Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.
The only thing memorable to me about the message to the second church, the church of Smyrna, is this portion of verse.
Is this a crown for all or just for this church?
James gives the answer – Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. James 1:12
Other crowns include a crown of righteousness (2 Timothy 4:8) and a crown of glory (1 Peter 5:4).
Being born a late 20th century American, a crown is a somewhat foreign idea to me. Our leaders don’t have a coronation like the kings and queens of old and get a crown.
So, although I understand the idea of the crown, it’s not necessary for me to have one.
I am just glad to be with the Lord.
Then again, if we cast our crowns before His feet, I sure want one to give.
Figuratively speaking, a crown or laurel was given to those victorious over others, like in Olympic-style games.
As Christians, we are victorious through Christ Jesus our Lord.