God forbid that any of us should miss our crown at the great day of awards! God grant that we may receive a full reward!
After the return of Christ for His church, there will be a great day of awards. Those who have been faithful will receive recognition at the hands of the Lord in the presence of the assembled hosts. Our reward will be in proportion to our faith and our faithfulness.
Scripture tells us that one may be saved, yet be missing the peace and joy of God. After living such a life, one may be ushered into eternity just barely saved, as Paul puts it: so as through fire (1 Corinthians 3:15). This is not a very happy outlook, and God throws out danger signals all along the way so that we may turn aside from such mediocre living.
Those who truly deny themselves, take up their cross, and follow Christ will enter into God’s presence with fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11). They will be welcomed with the shouts of angels and will be saluted with Well done, good and faithful servant by the Master Himself (Matthew 25:23). Such an entrance into glory is certainly to be desired, and such a joyous experience may be given to every consistent follower of Christ.
The purpose of this book is to convince us to lay hold of the promises of God so that our lives may be so shaped according to His will that, when that day comes, we will stand before Him with rejoicing, not sorrow.
About the Author
J. Wilbur Chapman (1859-1918) was an American evangelist, pastor, and author known for his dynamic preaching style and evangelistic campaigns. He began his pastoral ministry in 1882, serving in several churches before becoming the pastor of Bethany Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia in 1890. Chapman's ministry gained widespread attention for his emphasis on personal salvation and the power of prayer. He resigned from his pastoral position in 1903 to devote himself full-time to evangelistic work, teaming up with gospel singer Charles Alexander to conduct successful campaigns across the United States and abroad. Chapman's legacy lives on through his writing and the numerous pastors and evangelists he influenced.