“For what is our hope, our joy,
or the crown in which we will glory
in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes?
Is it not you? Indeed, you are our glory and joy.”
1 Thessalonians 2:19-20 (NIV)
“…while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ…” Titus 2:13 (NIV)
The word “hope” is an especially New Testament term. If you look it up in a concordance you will see that the word is often linked with the appearing of the Lord Jesus Christ at the end of the age.
The biblical writers refer to the appearing of our Saviour as the anchor that keeps us steadfast in the stormy times in life.
Today I received an email from some Christian workers who specialize in dealing with young people on the street, and some who are appearing in the courts. They have done this work faithfully for decades.
These people have a great love for these young people who struggle to make sense of life. Some of these people have attempted suicide they are so desperate in their misery.
I know that a good number of these wayward young people have found hope through these faithful Christian workers who live like Jesus before them and who regularly spend time sharing the Lord Jesus with them from the Scriptures.
Just as Paul’s converts will be his hope, glory, and joy at the appearing of Jesus, so these precious young people who have turned to the way of the Lord will be the hope, glory and joy of my friends. Here is the best treasure we can have in this life and here is the hope we have as believers in Jesus Christ. We look for the coming of the Lord and the appearance of the people with Him that we have influenced for His kingdom.
Can there be anything this life offers that compares with the knowledge that we have been used by the Lord to turn someone’s feet into the way of righteousness? Proverbs 12:28 (NIV)
“In the way of righteousness there is life…”
We influence people by both our speech AND our way of living. Sometimes people think that witnessing is only what we say to people. What attracts the young people to my friends’ ministry is their willingness to listen, how they show compassion and love, how they obey the teaching of Romans 12:15 (NIV) where it says,
“… mourn with those who mourn.”
The young people feel safe talking openly with them.
Does the way you live your life attract people to the Saviour? Do your words minister grace to the needy (Ephesians 4:29)? Do you show compassion and mercy to those who struggle with life (1 John 3:17-18)? Then you will have great treasure when the Lord appears. You shall have great hope in this life knowing you are helping to populate the kingdom of Christ by how you live and by what you say.