God honors those who follow Christ
If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him—John 12:26 (NASB).
The highest service is imitation. If I would be Christ’s servant I must be his follower. To do as Jesus did is the surest way of bringing honor to his name. Let me consider this every day.
If I imitate Jesus I shall have his company: if I am like him I shall be with him. In due time he will take me up to dwell with him above, if, meanwhile, I have striven to follow him here below. After his suffering our Lord came to his throne, and even so, after we have suffered a while with him here below, we also shall arrive in glory. The issue of our Lord’s life shall be the issue of ours: if we are with him in his humiliation we shall be with him in his glory. Come, my soul, pluck up courage, and put down thy feet in the blood-marked footprints which thy Lord has left you.
Let me not fail to note that the Father will honor those who follow his Son. If he sees me true to Jesus he will put marks of favor and honor upon me for his Son’s sake. No honor can be like this. Princes and emperors bestow the mere shadows of honor; the substance of glory comes from the Father. Wherefore, my soul, cling thou to thy Lord Jesus more closely than ever.
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About the author and the source
Charles Spurgeon (1834–1892) was an eminent and successful preacher who often suffered deep depression. In days of darkness, he clung to God’s promises. One of his most-beloved books consisted of daily readings based on promises that faith could rely upon: The Cheque Book of the Bank of Faith.
Charles H. Spurgeon. The Cheque Book of the Bank of Faith. New York: American Tract Society, n.d.