Day 25: Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Rapture Drill ~ Devotions

Day 25

God blesses the people who patiently endure testing. Afterward they will receive the crown of life. ~ James 1:12


If you’re from Utah and a basketball fan, you’ve probably heard of John Stockton. He’s been a regular face with the Utah Jazz for longer than most people can remember. John is no Michael Jordan or Larry Bird, but fans will tell you that he gets the job done. He’s seldom in the spotlight but always on the court during critical moments. Most were somewhat surprised in 1996 when John Stockton was selected as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. They were shocked to learn that he had just scored his 13,000th career point, putting him in an elite and select group of players. At the end of 2002 he had finished the season with a league record for the most years playing for the same franchise-18 seasons. At the end of 2004 he had scored over 18,000 career points, and was well on his way to an even greater NBA record.

When asked about his amazing achievements, John simply smiled and remarked, “It’s like my dad always says, ‘You put a monkey at a typewriter long enough, and he’ll come up with something good.’” Exactly what you might expect from a man like John Stockton. But there’s an ounce of truth in his response. It isn’t always the most talented person who comes home with the big prize. Sometimes it’s the most persistent.

Charles Spurgeon once said, “It was perseverance that got the snails to the ark.” Funny, but true. You and I often think that great rewards are reserved for the ones at the head of the class—the ones who got more than their share of talent and luck and good looks. But James reminds us that it is those who patiently endure testing, who will receive the coveted “crown of life”—an extra measure of reward on the day of salvation (James 1:12). The ones who were laughed at, overlooked, scorned, shunned, disrespected, and ignored, yet remained faithful just the same. Those who lived and toiled under the radar for years, often without notice or acknowledgment by other believers—the prayer warriors, the nursery workers, the people who visited hospitals and retirement homes, even though they hated the smell of Ben-Gay.

We may all be surprised at the judgment seat of Christ to see the most unlikely people fitted with the most glorious crowns.

Daily Readings:

  • James 1:16-17
  • Hebrews 6:10
  • 1 Corinthians 15:58
  • Revelation 14:13
John McSharry

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