“Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:8
For this crown faith earnestly strives; yet the believer acknowledges, and will forever acknowledge, that his enjoyment of it must be resolved into sovereign grace. For if he loves the Lord and His appearing, the Lord first loved him; and he ascribes all his strength and courage and victories to that Divine arm which alone brings salvation.
Oh, to have the well-grounded and assured faith of the apostle and to be able to say, in the spirit of such a hope, “I know that my Redeemer lives!” My Redeemer comes. Jesus will soon come, according to His word, and will judge the living and dead at His appearing, rendering to everyone according to his works. Then the crowns will be distributed. Then will everyone have praise of God. Then Jesus will be glorified in His saints and admired in all them that believe.
Lord Jesus, hasten Your coming and Your kingdom; and may I, through Your free grace, receive glory, honor, and immortality then.
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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to give a reason for the Hope that you have (1 Peter 3:15). When you can’t share the gospel with your words, share it by leaving tracts that tell people about God's grace.
When leaving a tract, always be diligent to pray about the short gospel message. Pray that it be found by someone who is in need of Jesus’ saving grace, and pray that the person will have a tender heart and open ears to receive the gift Jesus desires to give them.
By the power of the Holy Spirit, even a small tract can help in turning a broken sinner from darkness to light.
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