The Crown of the Wise Prov. 14: 24 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO
Riches are the crown of the wise – in the Old Testament God demonstrated his blessings on the wise by making them rich.
- Gen 24:35 Abraham
- Gen 26:12 Isaac
- Gen 39:2-3 Joseph
- Job 42:10 Job
Well in the New Testament, things are quite different – the blessings of God on your life are not measured in the abundance of the things that you possess Lk 12:15 – God’s richest servants were poor.
- The widow with 2 mites
But the lack of wealth here translates into an abundance of wealth up in heaven – if you are not a foolish Christian, you will see this – 2 Cor 4:18
A wise man will work for Jesus now to be rewarded with crowns later and they will signify his wisdom throughout the reign of Jesus Christ, at least, and probably for all eternity [Matt 6:19-21]
- Crown of Righteousness – 2 Tim 4:8 – love the Lord’s appearing more than anything else
- Crown of Rejoicing – 1 Thes 2:19 – win souls
- Crown of Life – Jas 1:12 – fight temptation and win
- Crown of Glory – 1 Pet 5:4 – feed sheep (disciple them after you win them)
- Incorruptible Crown – 1 Cor 9:25 – keep your body fit for the Holy Spirit who resides there