The Victor’s Crown - Your Daily Forward Devotional

The Victor’s Crown

 

April 29

 

Read 2 Timothy 4:7-8 (ESV)

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.

 

Reflect

According to Paul, who will receive a crown of righteousness when Jesus returns?

 

Is there anything more inspiring than an Olympic medal ceremony? The winning athletes stand on the podium to be honored while their national anthem plays. You can see the pride on their faces as they realize that after all of their hard work, determination, and sacrifice, they actually did it! Many of them get emotional as they bow down to receive their prize. A medal is placed around their necks and they raise their arms in victory!

 

In today’s verse, Paul says he is looking forward to the moment he receives a reward as well. The word “crown” is not like a kingly crown or diadem. Instead, it is like an athlete’s laurel wreath—a crown of leaves that symbolizes victory. Paul says he knows there is a crown of righteousness laid up for him. But not just for him. For everyone who is looking forward to Christ’s appearing.

 

Jesus is the One who gave us the victory over sin and death on cross. We did nothing to earn that victory! And yet, everyone who believes in the Lord Jesus is saved and will experience eternal life. Paul knows that his earthly struggles will all be worth it the moment he is ushered into the Lord’s presence because he knows he has a reward waiting for him. While he was living, he faithfully served Jesus Christ and eagerly awaited his appearing. Likewise, everyone who is longing for Christ’s return will experience that incredible moment when they receive their crown.

 

Sadly, not everyone is longing for Christ’s return. Not everyone is going to receive an eternal reward. Romans 2:6-9 says, “He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil.”

 

Revelation is more specific about the wrath and fury those who reject Christ can expect to receive. In Revelation 20:15, John wrote: “And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”

 

Friends, we have a choice. We can accept Christ and live faithfully for Him until He returns or we can reject Him and live only for ourselves. Eternal reward or eternal punishment—the choice is ours. I have chosen Christ and I eagerly await the day Jesus gives me my victor’s crown. How about you?

 

Pray

Jesus, I am so undeserving and yet, You have earned the victory for me! Thank You for giving me eternal life, through Your death and resurrection. And for rewarding me with the underserved honor of sharing with You in Your glory forever. Amen.

 

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

 

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This race of life is not a sprint, and Lord, You know how difficult the going gets sometimes. But with You by my side, I know that I can finish this race strong. Help me Lord to be among those who will one day wear a crown of righteousness.
I have chosen Christ too and eagerly waiting for my Eternal reward ! Amen. Thank you Pastor Nat for this wonderful teaching .
Inspiring! I too am an undeserving prodigal brought to my Father's loving arms. Thank you
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Amen! Yes me too, I am so underserving Lord of Your glory. Thank you for covering me in the blood of Jesus. Please always see Jesus when you look at me. Nothing of myself. In Jesus name
Jesus, I give You the glory ,honor, and praise, it all belongs to You. I trust and believe in You. Oh what a day it will be when You return to take God's children to be with You. Not all of us will make it. While I am here on this side, I choose to accept You, Christ Jesus, will patiently well do seek glory, honor, and immortality and I accept You Jesus. In Your Holy name I pray, Amen.
And like you Pastor Nat, I too eagerly await the day when I shall wear the "Victor's Crown" even if it's a bunch of leaves. Help me Lord Jesus to live righteously until the day You return for Your bride.
Even if I underserve your grace, I am received and welcomed by the Lord through His crucifixion and resurection. Praise the Lord Jesus Christ!
Amen!
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I'm thankful that I became a Christian when I was 17. I have went through storms in life. I currently going through one now. To God be the glory.
Lord Jesus thank you for saving our lives that belong to You Your beloved ones♥️
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Jesus Thank You for forgiveness of our sins !!!
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Thank you Jesus for my salvation!
We all finish the race to receive the reward.
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Thank you Jesus for dying on the cross for us. Thank you Lord for loving us, though we are not deserving.
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This is a wonderful verse that we will receive a reward for the gift of God. All that we do and all that we have, including our faith, is a gift of God. Everyday we choose to love and follow Jesus. When we allow his Spirit to guide and direct us we honor him and glorify his name. When we choose to be selfish and fall into temptation and sin we run to Jesus mercy and grace and that glorifies him. So what ever we do, by word or deed we must do to the glory of God through Jesus our Lord and Savior. Then in heaven we receive a reward for being loved and obedient to Jesus. Amazing grace! Amen
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