When the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.
1 Peter 5:4
The Chief Shepherd is coming to reward those who have faithfully served His flock. Those who are witness of the sufferings of Christ will also partake of the "glory that will be revealed" (v.1). These leaders will receive a crown which signifies their triumph over obstacles and their fidelity to the people of their mission and call. This crown is not the garland worn by military victors or athletes in the games. Those laurels wither, fade, and are forgotten with the next military campaign or the next victor in the games. The Lord's rewards are eternal. "God is not unjust to forget your ... labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister" (Heb. 6:10). The Lord Jesus, who gives gifts of ministries to serve His body (Eph. 4:11), cares deeply and rewards richly those who have chosen to serve. Do not weary in the call. The Lord sees our service, knows our struggle, and He is faithful to remember.
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