June 2
Today's Bible Readings
     Deuteronomy 6
     Psalms 89
     Isaiah 34
     Revelation 4
''The twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying: You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created.'' (Revelation 4:10-11)
            Revelation 4 is about the Rapture of the Church. There are many evidences that prove this to me, but one of the best is that the church is not mentioned again in the rest of the Bible. It has been taken out of the earth, and taken to glory. (Revelation 4:1) The first order of business for the church is to stand before the throne (The Judgment Seat of Christ) and receive crowns of reward. (Revelation 4:2-4)
            I am not sure how you feel, but I want the biggest, brightest, and best crown available. I hear well-meaning believers say, ''Well, that doesn't matter to me, just give me a little bungalow in glory." That's not my feeling, however. I want the best from Heaven's Throne. I know I don't deserve it, but I serve the King who does.
            The Scripture mentions at least five crowns that will be among those given at the Bema Seat. 
The Incorruptible Crown:for self-control and discipline. ''And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown." (I Corinthians 9:25)
The Soul-winner's Crown:a crown of rejoicing. ''For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?  For you are our glory and joy." (I Thessalonians2: 19-20)
The Crown of Righteousness: for those who love His appearing. ''Finally, there is laid up for me the crown   of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only, but also to all who have love His appearing." (II Timothy 4:8)
The Crown of Life: for those who endure trials. ''Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been proved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him." (James 1:12)
The Crown for the Faithful Pastor:''And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away." (I Peter 5:4)
            I am sure there are many other crowns, but these are prominent in the Word of God.
            Take heart, discouraged Christian worker, stay faithful underpaid servant of the Lord, rejoice if you are in the valley of adversity today, be encouraged discouraged wife and mother, look up if you feel like a failure - the best is yet to come. You are not home yet, but when you are, you may receive a glorious crown to lay at the feet of the King of Kings, who is, alone, worthy to receive it.
            None of us who serve the King are worthy of these significant crowns, but our wonderful Lord has made them available to us. He alone is worthy to receive them, and it is to Him they ultimately go. What are you doing for the King today that will provide your crown in glory? Let's be faithful to Him now so we can lay the crown at His feet and announce to Him that ... You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory, and honor and power!
            The Republic of Koreaknown to us as South Koreahas a population of more than 50 million souls. Pray specifically that the revival that began in Koreawould begin to grab the hearts of the people. For many years, I thought the church in South Koreawas growing but, in actuality, these people have learned so much about western Christianity, they have begun to decline in their numbers and their outreach for Christ. The great needs in the church now are spiritual pride, division, patterns of leadership, inadequate discipling, and a neglect of ethical teaching.  Pray specifically for the youth of South Korea. They are more world conscious than ever before. It could be among them that God raises up great revival.
''A revival of religion presupposes a declension."
C. G. Finney