Jesus states in Luke 15:7, “I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance,” Paul had this in mind in I Thessalonians 2:20, when he wrote, “Ye are our glory and joy.” In Philippians 4:1, Paul writes, “Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown.” The people you win to Christ will be your joy and crown of rejoicing! Remember, the Lord has promised you the heathen for your inheritance if you ask (2).
What is the governing thing that you hope for? Paul said his hope was for the Thessalonians to experience the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ when He returns. It is interesting to note that when we stand in His presence, we will not remember any of the pressures, trials, etc. that we experienced. “The world passeth away, and the lust thereof” (I John 2:27a). The Lord will reveal to us the lives that we touched by consistently giving a cup of cold water in His name (3).