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Topic: Reward (09/27/04)
TITLE: The Crown of Glory
By John Hunt
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Although Pastor Wilson was a man short in stature – about five feet tall with his shoes on, he always seemed so much taller when standing in front of the church. His balding salt and pepper hair spoke of years of wisdom, and his rotund belly portrayed a jolly sense of humor that flavored his personality. A frown never adorned his face, nor a negative word his lips. His words always seemed to be in season, and his speech entwined with cords of love.
The Bible tells us about the many rewards that we will receive when we get to heaven. Among these, there’s the prophet’s reward, the righteous man’s reward, the disciple’s reward, the Crown of Rejoicing (soul winner’s reward) and the Crown of Glory (the pastor’s reward) – just to name a few. Now, I am certain that if there were anyone on this earth who deserves these rewards, it would be Pastor Wilson. But if you were to ask him, I think he would say that he just wanted to be with Jesus.
I mention this because I just found out last night that our wonderful, sweet, senior pastor of many years passed away yesterday. While I am obviously saddened by the news, I do realize that he is now in “Glory.” And being home with Jesus is the greatest reward of all.
Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.