THERE’S A CROWN WAITING

BORN FOR THE GOOD LIFE, TELL THE DEVIL OFF. HIS GOODWILL TOWARD ALL, REIGNING BY HIM, YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF HIM, THERE’S A CROWN WAITING

Tuesday, January 16th 2024
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome DSc DSc DD

Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown (Revelation 3:11).

What a strong admonition from the Lord! He counselled the church in Philadelphia to hold fast to what they had. These weren’t earthly things but spiritual things. He told them to hold fast to them because of the possibility of losing them. The way to hold fast to what God has given to you is to put it to work; keep using it.

Imagine a Christian who was always winning souls and bringing them to church. But one day, something offended him and he stopped winning souls. If only he knew that there was a crown of righteousness waiting for him; but now, someone else was going to get it.

If it weren’t possible for someone else to get it, God wouldn’t have said so. Read our opening verse again: “…hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.” Seeing someone else do what God told you to do is one of life’s deepest pains. Think about Saul for example; when God called Saul to be king of Israel, He promised him an eternal dynasty. Saul however lost it, and David got it (1 Samuel 13:13-14).

Whatever assignment is given to you to carry out in the house of God, hallow it. Do it joyfully and do it as unto Christ. Handle it with great care, because at the end of the day, the Bible says we’ll all give account to God for all that we did. Also, there’s crown waiting and it’s a crown of righteousness for all who obeyed Him and fulfilled their assignment.

PRAYER
Dear Father, I recognize the spiritual treasures you have entrusted to me and I hold fast to them diligently. I thank you for the grace you’ve given me to complete every assignment. I refuse to be swayed by offence or distractions, but I remain resolute, steadfast, always abounding in the work of the Lord, committed to fulfilling your purpose for my life, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

FURTHER STUDY:
|| 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. 25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they [do it] to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. 26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: 27 But I keep under my body, and bring [it] into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. ||

|| 2 Timothy 4:7-8
I have fought a good fight, I have finished [my] course, I have kept the faith: 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. ||

|| 1 Peter 5:1-4
The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: 2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight [thereof], not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; 3 Neither as being lords over [God’s] heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. 4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. ||

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING
1-Year Bible Reading Plan=>

Matthew 12:1-21 & Genesis 38-39

2-Year Bible Reading Plan=>
Acts 9:32-43 & Job 3-4

Extract From Rhapsody Of Realities Daily Devotional

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