I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown.
Whenever I hear people speak about escaping earth for heaven so they may retire into a life of ease, I smile. Likewise, whenever I hear others speak about the purpose of life is heaven, I stop and wonder how familiar they are with the below Scriptures. And again, whenever I feel beaten up for the week and ask myself is this struggle between self, Satan, and the world’s system worth the battle, I like to reread the below verses from the Bible.
The one who conquers and who keeps my works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations,
Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also, I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.
Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years.
and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.”
if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us;
And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant! Because you have been faithful in a very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.’
We have been given a crown. It’s yours to keep or yours to lose. It is yours not because of your efforts, but because Jesus wants to share his life and plans and hopes with you.
You are now being trained to effectively wear your crown. As a parent, husband or wife, teacher, lawyer, entrepreneur, supervisor, politician… you are being prepared for eternity while you serve others today in your daily role.
The crown is already yours. You are learning to lead not by lording over others, but how well you serve others. Today your domain probably is quite small. Tomorrow though, your domain may be substantially larger because of the effort and time and diligence you embarked for the sake of others.
But don’t take your crown for granted and don’t waste the opportunities that come your way. Instead, always let Christ lead you first as you lead others. For this is your daily service as a crown bearer.
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