Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Daily Devotion: Coming Crowns
Bible Reading: I Peter 5
Key Verse: Verse 4 – “And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.”
Key Words: a crown of glory that fadeth not away
All of us like to be remembered! Some men, like Pharoahs of old, built pyramids to perpetrate their memory. Nebuchadnezzar designed hanging gardens; while others did exploits of historical renown, like Alexander the Great- conquering the known world, simply to call attention to their names.
But all earthly glory will sooner or later fade away into oblivion, for “the world passeth away, and the lust thereof” (I John 2:17). The Bible tells us that the wonders which men have made to create a name for themselves will soon be gone. Truly only what is done for Christ will last. We are told that “he that doeth the will of God abideth forever” and shall “shine as the stars” (I John 2:17, Daniel 12:3). But we are also told that “the name of the wicked shall rot” (Proverbs 10:7).
Dr. Alexander Whyte asked a friend who had undergone great persecution how he was able to endure it. “Oh,” he replied, “I always live with the Judgment Seat of Christ and eternity in mind; and that makes all things much easier to bear.”
A veteran pastor was scoffed at one day by a scorner who sought to question his motives for serving the Lord. “Well, pastor,” said the scoffer, “I suppose you are going to minister today so you can earn part of a crown.”
“No, no,” replied the pastor, “I’m going to minister today so God can be glorified. The crowns will all work themselves out in the sweet by-and-by.”
Faithful servants of God go unnoticed here, but someday they will receive a crown of glory which fadeth not away. To God be the glory! Do what you do today for God’s glory, and one day the crowns will come.
What to do:
✞ Serve not for man, but serve for God’s glory.
✞ Serve with heaven in mind.
✞ Always serve with a right Godly attitude.
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