Memory Verse: Those who are wise will shine like thebrightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. – Daniel 12:3.
A reward is a thing that is given to someone in recognition of their service, effort or achievement. It could be a prize or an honor. In the New Testament, many rewards are spoken of. For example, there is the crown of life for those who patiently endure trials and tests (Jam. 1:12) and the crown of glory for those who faithfully care for the flock (1 Pet. 5:2-4). In today’s passage, Paul adds that there is also the crown of rejoicing for those committed to leading others to Christ. He indicates that the conversion of the Thessalonian believers, which was through his ministry, is a good ground for his hope, glory and joy before the Lord Jesus (1 Thess. 2:19-20).
Questions for Discussion
Why was Paul so eager to see the believers in Thessalonica? Verse 17.
What hindered his desire to see them face to face? Verse 18.
How did Paul see the conversion of the Thessalonians through his ministry? Verse 19.
Share your understanding of the statement, ‘Indeed, you are our glory and joy’ Verse 20.
How has today’s studies encouraged you to win more souls for Christ?
There is deep satisfaction found in witnessing about Christ to others. The mere sense of obeying the command to preach the gospel, and the gratitude of those we lead to Christ gives us peace and joy. It is dreadful rather to withhold the message of salvation from the unsaved, because we can be held responsible for their loss (Ezek. 33:6-9). As the return of Christ and the end of time draw closer, we must hurriedly reach out to the lost with the message of life, bearing in mind that a reward awaits faithful soul-winners in Heaven.