When I was seventeen, a little church in New Zealand asked me to preach. I was scared! This was not what I wanted to do! After much persuasion, I agreed. My father was preaching in another church in the same town and encouraged me to go forward by trusting the Lord to give me a Scripture and theme for my message. I remember going to our guestroom where we were staying, getting on our knees and asking God to speak through both of us.
With trembling knees, I was taken to the place where I would speak. Though I can’t remember the message or the Scripture, I will never forget the fire that began to burn in my heart to serve the Lord and speak His Word to others. I have had much to learn since then, and still learning.
Many speak about rewards in heaven for their service here on earth, and there will be rewards. Paul tells us about his reward; “there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award me on that Day, and not only to me but to all who have loved His appearing” (2 Timothy 4:8).
There is another reward that I am looking forward to. “No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His servants will worship him. They will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads” (Revelation 22:3–4).
I cannot imagine a more wonderful reward; to worship Him, see His face and have His name!
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