When the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away. 1 Peter 5:4 (NIV)
This promise is not just for elders, but for all those who serve Christ faithfully and effectively.
The crown is a symbol of honor. The best way to understand what Peter is saying here is that the one who serves well will be highly honored by God for all eternity.
Peter takes up this theme again when he talks about “The God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory” (5:10). God has called you to his eternal glory! Glory is the word we use to describe the brightness and splendor of the immediate presence of God.
God calls you to share the brightness and splendor of His immediate presence. This is an act of His grace. It took the coming, dying, and rising of His Son, Jesus Christ, to make it possible, but His great eternal purpose is that you should share His life for all eternity.
He wants to bring you into the brightness and splendor of His immediate presence, and He wants the brightness and splendor of his immediate presence to be in you. When God’s work in you is complete, you will be in glory and glory will be in you. This is your calling and your destiny.
Respond to this statement: “When God’s work in you is complete, you will be in glory and glory will be in you.”