For you are our glory and joy

But since we were torn away from you, brothers, for a short time, in person not in heart, we endeavored the more eagerly and with great desire to see you face to face, because we wanted to come to you–I, Paul, again and again–but Satan hindered us. For what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting before our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not you? For you are our glory and joy. 1 Thessalonians 2:17-20

Paul viewed the members of the churches he helped found as his spiritual children. Paul was not married and had no children so it is not a stretch to see why Paul would thing of these people as his children. Paul was not ashamed to let these people know how much he cared for them. But, he also let them know how much joy they brought him

Who are your spiritual children? Who have you brought to Christ or shared Christ with? Who have you mentored in the faith? Which lives have you touched for Christ? You might be surprised how many lives you have touched. If you have taken your own children to church that is a great start. Just participating in a Bible study or Sunday school class can help someone else come closer to Christ.

Many times all you need do is be yourself. Set a good example. Help someone out of a tough spot. Listen to a friend. Buy a homeless person a meal. Someone is always watching and your actions may just change their lives.

Then take joy just as Paul did on the success of those you have influenced. The joy we get from others is priceless. I believe that is one thing we will take with us to heaven. Then that joy will be increased as we find out how many people we did impact here in this life.

Have a joyful and blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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