The bible mentions at least five crowns. The crowns themselves provide insights for a Christian to continue in faithfulness, truthfulness and fruitfulness.
1. The incorruptible crown: (I Corinthians 9:24,25) The eternal, imperishable crown is awarded to those who run the race faithfully. This is a different kind of race in which faithfulness and inner quality is more important than other physical or mental prowess. The race is extraordinary. Those who get tired when running with footmen, how can they compete with horsemen? (Jeremiah 12:5)
2. The crown of rejoicing: (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20. & Dan 12:3) This crown is awarded to those who lead others to become disciples of Lord Jesus Christ. This is a reward for winning souls. Christians are not lonely runners; they recruit others to run the race. They also pass on the baton to others to continue the race.
3. The crown of life: (James 1:12) In this world, Christians would face tribulation, trials, suffering, ignominy, harassment and mockery. Amid adverse circumstances, a believer emerges victorious, trusting the Lord who had overcome the world. (John 16:33) Such overcoming Christians receive the crown of life which is also termed as the martyr’s crown.
4. The crown of righteousness:(2 Timothy 4:8.) True Christians know that life in this world is short. They also constantly and consistently anticipate the Second Coming of Lord Jesus Christ. This crown is awarded to those who lead holy and righteous life always awaiting Lord Jesus’ glorious return with a great crowd or cloud of saints. They do not wear a garment that is defiled by flesh or desires of flesh. (Jude 1:23)
5. The crown of glory: (1 Peter 5:1-4) Christians are not only called to lead others to Christ, but they are also called to serve new believers by modeling, inspiring, coaching and feeding them spiritually. This crown of glory is a reward for the faithful service in serving the Lord that results in edification of the people of God. Through them following generations are inspired to continue to serve the Lord.