Why are we always looking for a reward that would satisfy our desires and our wants? Today in my quiet time I was reading 1 Thessalonians 2. As I finished the second chapter the two questions at the end of the chapter really made me stop and start to think.
19For who is our hope or joy or crown of exultation? Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming? (NASB)
When Christians begin to talk about the end times the one thing that always comes up is the crown of glory. Many talk about it like it is a treasure we get to keep and show off to everyone about how “good” we are in this life. The crowns we get we give back to God because he is the only one deserving the crowns. The maker of heaven and earth is our prize. The thing about this verse 19 is that it shows us how we are to act when someone gets saved, when someone joins the kingdom of God and puts Jesus first in their lives. It is not for us to glory in our flesh it is for us to find glory and joy in the fact that someone said yes to Jesus calling their name. It is the fact that they will have life after this life has ended. We are too selfish in our thinking. We want everything to be about us and not about the creator of everything.
I heard a story about a guy that loved to evangelize. He told everyone he could about Jesus. One day he was asked how many people in a year he led to the Lord and his response was, “I don’t know, I don’t keep count.” This should be the way we think when it comes to anything of God. I don’t know numbers because that doesn’t matter. What matters is that someone came to faith in Christ or someone changed their life and started living out the call on their life. We need to stop thinking that rewards are for us. Not everyone deserves a reward because they walked down the street but our reward is seeing people whose lives change to follow God. Our reward is being told by the creator that we did a good job. It is not found in a crown or a trophy but in doing what we are called to do, share Jesus with the world.