February 17 (1 Thessalonians 2:19)
After all, what gives us hope and joy, and what will be our proud reward and crown as we stand before our Lord Jesus when he returns? It is you! (NLT)
Children love to show their parents what they have done. Whether it is a fantastic Lego creation or the finished page from a coloring book, they cannot wait to show it off. Teenagers are the same. They are so excited to tell their teacher or their coach that they got the scholarship or were accepted into the university of their dreams. For that matter, I can’t wait to show my wife when I have made something in the garage or fixed something around our house.
What will you be excited to show Jesus when He returns? What have you done with the life He gave you that you will be so happy to share with Him? For you do realize God did not just give you your life as a plaything, right? He has given you hundreds of thousands of hours and millions of minutes within which to use amazing abilities of thought and creativity and communication. What have you done with all that? What are you doing with it?
Paul said that the Thessalonians themselves were what he wanted to show Jesus. Paul could have been eager to show off the churches he had planted or the letters he had written that became books of the Bible, but what he was most proud of were the people who had come to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. He knew that this would please God most of all.
Lord, help me to take a careful look at all I have done and am doing with the time and gifts You have given me. I want the Holy Spirit to show me clearly where I have been using them well and where I have been wasting them. May all that I do, say, and think be pleasing and acceptable to You, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer. Amen.