Paul’s Glory and Joy
Before I begin this morning I want to let you know that I will be in the Dominican Republic from February 8-17th. I am going to attempt to continue to write a devotional each day and I expect to have good internet service but if the schedule of the trip or the internet doesn’t allow me to be consistent each day, please know why.
We often see what was really important to the apostle Paul. Paul wasn’t concerned about money or fame. Paul was singularly focused on making disciples. Here is what he writes as he closes out this section of his letter in chapter 2, verses 17-20: “17 But we, brethren, having been taken away from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavored more eagerly to see your face with great desire. 18 Therefore we wanted to come to you—even I, Paul, time and again—but Satan hindered us. 19 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? 20 For you are our glory and joy.” The Thessalonians were Paul’s “glory and joy”. Paul saw his life as an instrument for Jesus Christ to play; not to make music but to make disciples. Paul recognized what was truly important in his life. Jesus’ primary command before ascending into heaven was to “go and make disciples”. I hope that is your desire; above everything else. That your “glory and joy” wouldn’t be your career or even your family but it would be those you’ve influenced for Christ (which of course could include your family). Also note that there is an enemy working against you. Paul writes about the adverse activity of Satan in this process. Satan hasn’t stopped working against God’s plan of making disciples; so he will work against you. Please take a moment to evaluate what your “glory and joy” is. I hope that you see the importance of discipleship in your own life but also your role in making disciples. If I can help, please let me know.