19 For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you?
Paul had been chased out of Thessalonica, but he had an intense longing to see the Thessalonian Christians again. Repeatedly, he desired to return to Thessalonica, but he was hindered by Satan (1 Thessalonians 2:17-18).
In verse 19, Paul, looking forward to the return of Jesus, tells the Thessalonian Christians that they are the object of what gives him hope, joy, and the object of what will be his pride, reward and crown.
Winning souls and discipleship should not just be seen as an act of obedience towards Jesus (Matthew 28:19), but also as a reward awaiting for us when Jesus returns.
The same way heaven rejoices over one sinner who repents (Luke 15:7), the same way we should rejoice when we see people that were once lost being saved by Jesus through us. Those whom we bring to Jesus and disciple are a crown of victory for us.
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
Ask God to help shape your prayers – countries you should pray for; situations which need God’s power and transformation; lift them up in confidence and faith. “Say among the nations, ‘The Lord reigns’” Psalm 96:10