"After all, what gives us hope and joy, and what is our proud reward and crown? It is you! Yes, you will bring us much joy as we stand together before our Lord Jesus when He comes back again. For you are our pride and joy." 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20, NLT
It's all about perspective. One day, we'll stand before the Lord and He will dish out rewards. What will be our reward and crown? It won't be the new boat or custom clubs or a huge selection of shoes or a shopping spree or even a new motorcycle (as wonderful as those things are)… it will be all the people we were able to invest in during our short life on earth!
People are our reward! When we invest our lives into helping people meet Jesus, grow in their faith and experience victory in Christ...this is our proud reward and crown! There is no greater joy than to see people come to Christ and grow in the Lord. There are no words to describe the joy we get from seeing the fruit in people who "get it." Seeing people who were lost, hurt, empty and defeated find Jesus and get a hold of the reality of God's living Word is absolutely thrilling! The apostle John understood this; he said, "I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth." It's true, there is no greater joy than to see our "children" (natural and spiritual children) walking in the truth! This is our reward.
So, who and what is your reward? Who are you investing in? Who's in your sphere of influence? Who do you know who's lost, hurt, empty, disillusioned, defeated, hungry or thirsty? How can you intentionally invest in their lives? Is there a Scripture you can share with them? A book or CD you can pass on? A church or class you can invite them to attend? Can you take them to lunch to introduce them to Jesus? Feed them the Word? Can you forward these devotionals? Whatever you do to invest eternal things into the lives of others will bring you great joy in this life…and one day, those very people will be your reward in heaven.
Say This: "Father, help me invest my life and eternal things into others. Those You have entrusted into my sphere of influence are my hope, joy, proud reward and crown. One day it will be such a joy for all of us to stand before You! In Jesus' Name. Amen."
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