From Jesus Lives by Sarah Young
Keep your focus on Me—and on the crown of Life I have promised to those who love Me. There is a sense in which life on this earth is an endurance contest. It can be helpful to view your life this way, because then you’re not shocked or disappointed by the many trials you encounter. Nonetheless, I do provide splashes of pleasure even in the midst of your hardest times. Among the many blessings I have for you, the Joy of My Presence is always available to you.
The crown of Life is similar to the wreath that was awarded for athletic victory in biblical times. However, those athletes competed to get a perishable crown— a wreath of greenery—and you are competing for a crown that will last forever! Whenever you are feeling battered by life’s trials, remember the crown of righteousness that is stored up for you. Because it is My righteousness that saves you, this eternal reward is absolutely guaranteed. I have promised to give it to all those who love Me—who long for My return. When I, the Chief Shepherd, come back for you, you will receive the crown of Glory that will never fade away!
Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.
--1 Corinthians 9:25
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 NKJV
And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.
--1 Peter 5:4
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