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No, we don’t give to get, but the Bible doesn’t hesitate to encourage us with future rewards

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Crown of Glory

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 5:1-7

Key Verse: 1 Peter 5:4

And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.

Some of our reward for serving God’s Kingdom comes not in this life, but the next. We have been talking this week about God’s power which is available to us. We’ve noted how good it feels to realize that power is flowing through us as we serve! But these earthly experiences, as good as they are, can’t compare to what God’s faithful servants will experience in our next life!

The Apostle Peter, in our scripture for today, makes us a promise. This promise is fulfilled when Jesus, the Chief Shepherd, appears in the skies some day. Our Father will tap Jesus on the shoulder and say, “It is time” and Jesus will return, physically, to this earth to gather up the Christ followers found faithfully serving Kingdom purposes. It is then that all the hours, energy and money we’ve given to building God’s Kingdom will all pay off! The apostle Peter summarized it by saying: “You will receive a crown of glory.” This is simply a symbolic word picture of the rewards God is preparing for all who have “plugged in” and served faithfully! God’s glory is matchless, indescribable and incomparable – and we will get to enjoy this glory for ever and ever! No, we don’t give to get, but the Bible doesn’t hesitate to encourage us with visions of future rewards for us who choose to serve God faithfully!

Father remind me when I’m growing weary of serving, that it will be worth it all when I see you face to face! In Jesus’ Name, amen.