The Shepherd’s Crown
1 Peter 5:4

 
The Upward Look
    © Copyright 2015, Max D. Hutto,

“And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.” 1 Peter 5:4 NASB

Peter describes Jesus as the Chief Shepherd. All of God’s flock, including the shepherd leaders, are under His care and leadership. The pastors are shepherds but also servants under the authority and lordship of Christ, the Chief Shepherd. When Christ returns, He will reward His servants with crowns. The word translated “crown” is not the royal kingly crown but is the laurel leaf crown given to the victorious athlete. Yet, unlike the leafy crown that withers, fades, and crumbles into dust, this crown will not fade away. The faithful pastor shepherds will receive a reward of glory for their service.

Lord Jesus, I desire to faithfully serve You. Guide me this day to live in a way that I will receive the crown of glory.

 

  April 17, 2015


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