And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment,
2 Corinthians 5:10
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
Every believer will stand before Jesus Christ at the end of their life and give an account of how they lived their life here on earth. The result of that judgment will be rewards from the Lord or loss of rewards. Most Christians rarely think about that event and imagine what it will be like to be greatly rewarded or to receive zero rewards.
There is a special award given to those who run the race of life with endurance and finish well.
James 1:12 Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
Revelation 2:10 Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be tested, and you will have tribulation for ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.
2 Timothy 4:6-8 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.
I don’t know what difference being awarded the “crown of life“ and the “crown of righteousness” will make in my experience for eternity with Jesus, but I am thinking that it will be very significant, a true reward, one that is worth aiming for and running the race of life with endurance for.