And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away. (1 Peter 5:4)
Thomas J. Watson, the founder of IBM, followed an interesting practice as he walked through his offices and plants. If he witnessed someone doing an outstanding job, he would stop, pull out his checkbook, and write that person a check. It might have been for a small amount, but the amount was not the crucial thing. The fact that he recognized his employees for a job well done was what mattered.
Some people did not even cash the checks. They framed them and hung them on their walls. They found greater reward in the personal recognition than in the financial reward.
If a leader in business and industry understands human nature enough to give periodic recognition for good behavior, why should we be surprised that the Chief Shepherd promises to reward those who are faithful to him? This faithfulness consists of an eagerness to serve and a willingness to set a good example (1 Peter 5:2–3).
Does this mean our good works will get us to heaven? No. Confessing our sins, repenting, and receiving Christ are essential for salvation. However, motivated by love, we have a sincere desire to serve the One who sacrificed all for us. And he who sees all faithful service rewards accordingly, not with money but with a crown that never fades.
Live in anticipation of the reward God has planned for you.
Ron McClung is a retired minister in The Wesleyan Church. He and his wife, Carol, live in Michigan and enjoy spending time with their sons, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
© 2023 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.