What’s On Your Bucket List?

There are five crowns awarded to believers in Heaven.  Believers in Heaven will have the honor of casting their crowns at the feet of Jesus as he sits on his heavenly throne.  The crowns are:

(1) The Crown of Righteousness (2 Tim 4:8) awarded to the believer who is ready and waiting for Jesus to return.

(2) The Incorruptible Crown (1 Cor. 9:25-27) awarded to the believer who has self-control.

(3) The Crown of Life (James 1:12 & Rev. 2:10) awarded to believers who patiently endure testings, temptations, and trials.

(4) The Crown of Glory (1 Peter 5:2-4) awarded to believers who are entrusted with a flock.  These are Leaders, Pastors, Elders, and Teachers.

(5) The Crown of Rejoicing (1 Thes. 2:19 & Daniel 12:3) awarded to believers who obey Jesus’ Great Commission.  They share with others the salvation of Christ and, by doing so, lead souls to Christ and the rewards of Heaven.

I had a conversation with someone during the first week of this New Year.  This is the time of year when most people seem to have a laundry list of things that they would like to accomplish during the year and throughout their lives.  This woman shared with me that the one thing she wants to do more than anything in the world is to be able to cast her crowns at the feet of Jesus.  This woman shared with me that the one thing she wants to do more than anything in the world is to be able to cast her crowns at the feet of Jesus.  Throughout her life, she earned every one of the crowns listed above.  She is certain to have all five crowns piled high upon her head on the Day of Judgement. But what she desires is to lie at the feet of Jesus as many of The Crowns of Rejoicing (Soul Winner’s Crown) that she can.  She is not an accomplished public speaker.  In fact, she's rather soft spoken and shy.  She shares the word of God through the testimony afforded her by the achieving of her other crowns (especially her Crown of Life).  She is not always in the best of health.  She has, and continues to battle illnesses, yet she never misses the opportunity to witness by way of her gentle smile and soft words of encouragement to those who cross her path.

This humble desire of her heart brought tears to my eyes as we spoke.  What greater thing can one have on their bucket list?  I'm proud to say that this woman is my mother.  She continues to teach her daughter, even at 50+ years of age, how to live a spirit-filled life (another Crown of Glory for sure).  I’m not certain that her little head will hold all the crowns she is sure to be awarded...perhaps she’ll have to find a bucket.