KEY SCRIPTURE: 2Timothy 4:7,8. KJV I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 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.”
God uses the man who is heavenly. Apostle Paul describes his Christian experience as a good fight, which he successfully executed. He did all this because of the crown of righteousness that awaits all those who will endure to the end. Apostle Paul had a level of persecution which is not common to most servants of God, yet he endured to the end. I personally believe that he died after he was stoned in Lystra, but was raised back to life after the brethren had stood around him in intercession. (Acts 14:19–20) Apostle Paul was not taken aback because of the terrible ordeal, but carried on the work of evangelizing other towns and cities. He was consumed with the crown to be obtained at the end of his journey
HOPE for the glory hereafter is the helmet that protects our head to stay on course, even when very adverse conditions rises against us .1Thess 5:8 KJV “But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. The scripture in 1 John 3:2, says when the Lord appears, we would be like Him. He added, the following statement to the verse ” And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure” (1 John 3:3) .The Bible also describes the heroes of faith in Hebrews 11 as a people who were not mindful of the earthly countries in which they were, but they sought for a heavenly home which was not made out of human hands. They were simply heavenly minded.
To maintain your spiritual momentum, you have to keep the glory and heaven’s crown on your mind.
This is very vital to make you cooperate with the Spirit of God in this journey called the Christian life. Some are making very little impact because they have unfortunately been consumed by the cares of this world. (Mark 4:19) Do not become a reproach to the course of Christ. The following is how the Bible describes such people. “Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things. (Phil 3:19). If you must be effective in God’s hands, then you’ve got to be heavenly minded as well. Note: as much as you are heavenly minded, you must also be earthly useful as well.
The Lord promised to go and come back for us. I am living and serving Christ so that at the end of the day, I will receive a glorious welcome into heaven as well as to obtain my crown of righteousness.
Mark 4:19 KJV “And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.” 1 John 3:2 KJV Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.