Tuesday, November 24, 2009

A Jewel In My Crown?


I am curious about the phrase "jewels in your crown."

I have a family member who is very dear and very religious. She has a habit of saying "you've earned a jewel in your crown" whenever she approves of something you've done. From what I've observed, the blessing doesn't seem to be tied to the magnitude of the gesture. If you've fed a homeless person, you've earned a jewel in your crown. If you've passed the butter, you've earned a jewel in your crown.

And so I started Googling. I wanted to find out exactly where in the bible it talks this subject. I found a lot of vague references to good deeds earning you these jewels ... and a lot of people congratulating people for doing something that has, again, earned them these ubiquitous jewels. But no where could I find an actual bible verse that references this topic.

Not, let me assure you, I'm not a moron. I understand these are metaphorical jewels and that God is not running a Heavenly Federal Reserve. I don't think anyone is under the idea that the Archangel Michael is a winged CFO keeping track of how many jewels someone has earned and how much interest they're owed.

However, I'm curious over whether this is just a man-made phenomenon ... or if there really was a parable or scripture verse that said something along the lines of ... if you do good deeds, you will earn a jewel in your heavenly crown.

Anyone with biblical knowledge out there wanna take a shot?

I was on the inside
When they pulled the four walls down
I was looking through the window
I was lost, I am found
If you walk away, walk away
I walk away, walk away
I will follow

U2 - I Will Follow

Ruth 1:16: "But Ruth said, "Entreat me not to leave you or to return from following you; for where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God."

2 comments:

  1. Anonymous8:42 PM

    I will! I will! There is no verse that I can find about earning jewels in your crown with good deeds. The Bible does say that God's people will receive crowns, but they will be given because of Jesus's goodness, not their own - and then one day, all of those crowns will be cast at Jesus's feet, acknowledging that he gets all of the glory. So there you have it - crowns because Jesus is good and loves us and in some miraculous way gives us the benefits of his goodness. Pretty cool!

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  2. Anonymous3:04 PM

    I too have just spent the last hour and a half looking for the same bible references and have found none pertaining to "receiving a jewel in my crown". I have often heard this saying as well and have quoted it. As a member of BSF for many years this question was brought up yesterday by one of my small group members. The references our notes gave were as follows regarding the receiving of crowns and garments for those who believe.
    "All believers are promised pure white garments of righteousness and crowns of reward and glory in Christ."
    References: 2Timothy 4:7-8; James 1:12;, 1Peter 5:4;, and Revelation 19:7-8
    crown of righteousness, crown of life, crown of glory, and fine linen, bright and clean

    Again, nothing speaks of us getting jewels in our crown which personally isn't what matters to me, just knowing that I will be with him in eternity. Plain crown, no crown, I'm good! Hope this helps you and others as it helped me. Btw, for now, I won't be using the saying anymore as I find no scripture to back it up. If someone else has an explanation that they can find in scripture I'd be eager to research it. Blessings to all!

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