Friday, 14 July 2017
For you are our glory and joy. 1 Thessalonians 2:20
A question was just submitted, and it was followed up with an answer: “For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?”
Now, Paul restates the thought again in an emphatic form. The Greek more closely reads, “You indeed are the glory of us and our joy.” He and his associates literally reveled in the converts they brought to Christ. They were a source of rejoicing because they knew they would share eternal life together. For the ages of ages, there would be no struggles such as we face in this current walk. Instead, there will be an eternity of fellowship, glory, and joy. Because of what is ahead, Paul could say that now, at this time, they were a source of glory and joy.
Life application: This world is one marked with sin. That leads to all kinds of other troubles. People we once got along with are now our enemies. This includes many Christians. The fellowship is divided over some really, really petty issues. Divisions are even noted in Paul’s letters, among the earliest of converts. But it won’t always be this way. A time lies ahead where all such things will be behind us, and there will only be understanding, agreement, and perfect fellowship. Therefore, let us strive for these things even now.
Lord God, it isn’t always easy to love fellow believers. Petty differences arise and cause trouble and division, even within small churches. It seems that harmony is something that is just out of reach. But we are told that it won’t always be this way. Some marvelous day when we walk in Your presence, there will be joy, peace, and perfect fellowship among the saints. Won’t that day be great! Thank You for this wonderful hope we possess. Amen.