Scripture speaks much of the rewards for being a faithful servant of God. In this rare work the Puritan William Gurnall speaks of the great rewards God will give His people in heaven and the realtive few things He asks in return. The Christian's Labor and Reward is composed of a sermon preached at the funeral of the Right and Honorable Lady Mary Vere, a sermon called "The Magistrates Portrait Drawn from the World" with an appendix by J.C. Ryle on the life of William Gurnall.
William Gurnall (1617–1679) pastored in the little town of Lavenham, in the English county of Suffolk. Despite his Puritan leanings, Gurnall signed the Act of Uniformity and agreed to the dictates of the Church of England. Though not ejected from his pulpit as were other non-conformists, his position was not respected on either side of the conflict. His massive treatise on spiritual warfare and two small pieces—The Christian’s Labor and Reward and The Magistrate’s Portrait Drawn from the Word— comprise all of Gurnall’s known published works.