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PROPHECY BOOTCAMP: “When Resurrected Christians Meet Their Lord (Part 6)” from Dr. Tim LaHaye
We have already seen that a crown is a symbol of rulership and that these crowns are given on the basis of faithful service. The apostle Paul challenged Timothy to “make full proof of thy ministry.” In other words, we are to take advantage of all opportunities to use our talents to the maximum to advance God’s kingdom while we are alive on this earth. Any faithful Christian can earn at least one of these crowns, and many will earn several.
The Crown of Righteousness
The reason many Christians are not used by God is because they do not live a righteous life. It is not easy to live a righteous life in an unrighteous age; it is a constant fight. But the eternal reward will be well worth it. Second Timothy 4:8 suggests that if we live in the attitude that our Lord could come soon, we will be driven to live the kind of life He will approve of: “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.”
OCCUPY TILL I COME: “Waiting on the Second Coming” by Ray C. Stedman (Part 4)
MUSICAL SELECTION: “The King is Coming” by Newsboys