As citizens of earth, you already understand that not everyone gets the trophy, the record deal, the scholarship or graduate at the top of your class. You are familiar with rank, whether you have served in the military or not. In every society on the planet there is a hierarchy or level for which one resides. The same goes for heaven, the demon world and fallen angels.
What kind of a Christian will you be? One that slides into heaven having everything you have done be burned up or one with crowns and high rank?
“For no one can lay a foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, or straw, his workmanship will be evident, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will prove the quality of each man’s work. If what he has built survives, he will receive a reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss. He himself will be saved, but only as one being snatched from the fire.” – 1 Corinthians 3:11-15
Do you want everything you have done on earth, to be counted as lost? And simply be saved by the skin of your teeth because of grace? Like a D student who graduates high school or do you desire crowns and high rank in heaven?
If you desire high rank and crowns, you must measure everything you do against the will of God for your life. This means saving souls and being a blessing. The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and the one who is wise saves lives (Proverbs 11:30). And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward (Matthew 10:42).
Let us strive for the mastery. Let us run the race like a winning athlete.