The Reward of the Faithful Servant of Christ
God’s will is to glorify all disciples who will serve Him, even as his Son did (Romans 8:28-30; Hebrews 2:9-11). When Jesus knew that his time was at hand and that he had to leave this world, he said to his followers: “The hour has come that the Son of man should be glorified. Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a grain of wheat fall in the ground and die, it abideth alone but if he dies, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. If any man serve me let him follow me and where I AM, here shall also my servant be. If any man serve me, him will my Father honor” (John 12:23-26).
The declaration above reveals the sacrifices and the sufferings, which precede “True Success” in any Christian disciple’s life and ministry. This statement also reveals that divine honor is reserved for those who will accept and practice self-denial on a voluntary basis in order to serve and obey the Lord wherever He would lead them. This great reward, promised by God, is nothing less than his glory and power with Christ. By saying “Where I am, there shall also my servant be”, the Lord’s is referring to His throne and authority to be shared with victorious disciples, at the establishment of his visible kingdom for one thousand years upon his physical glorious return on earth.
In Revelation 2:26, the victorious Christ declares to the disciples of Thyatira: “And he that overcometh and keep my works unto the end, of him will I give power over the nations, and he shall rule them with a rod of iron, as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers, even as I received of my Father …”. Addressing the Laodiceans, the Lord is even more precise as He declared “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame and am sat down with my Father in his throne.”
Therefore, it is of believers to realize upon Christ’s glorious second coming, His throne and power will be shared with the faithful disciple who dedicated himself to carry his cross to the end!