Monday, January 11, 2010

Crown of Righteousness

2 Timothy 4:8
There is laid up for me a crown of righteousness.

Doubting one! thou hast often said, "I fear I shall never enter heaven." Fear not! all the people of God shall enter there. I love the quaint saying of a dying man, who exclaimed, "I have no fear of going home; I have sent all before me; God's finger is on the latch of my door, and I am ready for Him to enter." "But," said one, "are you not afraid lest you should miss your inheritance?" "Nay," said he, "nay; there is one crown in heaven which the angel Gabriel could not wear, it will fit no head but mine. There is one throne in heaven which Paul the apostle could not fill; it was made for me, and I shall have it." O Christian, what a joyous thought! thy portion is secure; "there remaineth a rest." "But cannot I forfeit it?" No, it is entailed. If I be a child of God I shall not lose it. It is mine as securely as if I were there. Come with me, believer, and let us sit upon the top of Nebo, and view the goodly land, even Canaan. Seest thou that little river of death glistening in the sunlight, and across it dost thou see the pinnacles of the eternal city? Dost thou mark the pleasant country, and all its joyous inhabitants? Know, then, that if thou couldst fly across thou wouldst see written upon one of its many mansions, "This remaineth for such a one; preserved for him only. He shall be caught up to dwell for ever with God." Poor doubting one, see the fair inheritance; it is thine. If thou believest in the Lord Jesus, if thou hast repented of sin, if thou hast been renewed in heart, thou art one of the Lord's people, and there is a place reserved for thee, a crown laid up for thee, a harp specially provided for thee. No one else shall have thy portion, it is reserved in heaven for thee, and thou shalt have it ere long, for there shall be no vacant thrones in glory when all the chosen are gathered in.

Devotional by Charles Spurgeon


Adrienne said...

Oh, I love these words. They remind me of my dear dad! He knew there would be a crown waiting and he couldn't wait to get there and lay it at Jesus' feet! Now I can't wait to get there and join him. ~Adrienne~

Denise said...

Thanks for sharing, love you.

Andrea said...

AMEN...looking to the heavens,

Cherdecor said...

We were discussing fear at our Wed. night book study. Our lesson was taken from Exodus when the children of Israel were at the foot of the mountain. Moses wanted them to draw close but they were afraid. We had a good discussion.

Great post! Love spurgeon.

daylily777 said...

This is a great encouraging post!Heaven is our home !

Nancy said...

Thanks for this lovely devotional, what a promise we all have. Our future is secure no matter what!!