2 Timothy 4:6-8
6 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.
Will we love the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ? That future event is something only Christians can look forward to with eagerness. For the unbelieving world, it is not good news but bad news, as we read in the book of Revelation. When Christ comes, he will reward those who have been justified by his blood and sanctified by the Spirit. On that day, we will receive “the crown of righteousness” (v. 8). I wonder what that means. What is this crown? All we can know is that it is a treasure and prize of worth beyond what this world can offer. Paul devoted his life to the cause of the kingdom, and he eagerly awaited his reward.
May our eyes be fixed on the reward waiting for us! Above all, let us yearn for the day when Jesus will say to us, “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21)! How beautiful are those words!