As a soldier who shrinks from the danger
The joy of the soldier must lose,
So the crown of the Lord is withholden
If the cross upon earth we refuse.—D. W. Whittle
(2 Tim. 2. 3, 12; 4. 7, 8)
Dr. W. Graham Scroggie narrated the following incident. A minister with a pastoral heart was once visiting a poor, elderly sister who was a member of his congregation. Before praying with her prior to leaving, he sympathized with her in her troubles and struggles to keep body and soul together, concluding with the words, 'Never mind, my dear sister, you will receive your crown by and by,' having in mind, no doubt, the promise: 'Blessed is the man that endureth temptation; for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him.' `Yes,' she replied, 'I know that, but I could be doing with the half-crown now.'
(Rom. 12. 8; Gal. 2. 10; James 1. 12)