Happiness before our Lord Jesus

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    People find happiness in many different things. Sometimes people find happiness and pride in a great achievement in their life such as finishing a degree. Others find happiness and pride in small victories that are seen everyday such as a well cooked meal that everyone likes. Happiness and pride is sometimes found in the amount of money and things which one has amassed. Other times happiness and pride is seen in the parents of children who do what is right.

    Where do we find happiness and pride? Happiness and pride are emotions of the heart, and where our treasure is, our heart will be there too (Luke 12:34). Therefore the things that are most important to us will bring us happiness. The things that we treasure will bring us happiness.

    Is there any happiness and pride that we can have before the Lord? After all, we are sinners and at one point or another have betrayed Him. Even when we do everything right we are still only doing that which we are supposed to do. Yet there is at least one thing that should bring us happiness and pride before the Lord at His coming. It is other people. People who we have influenced, helped, and encouraged. People who are right with God because we helped steer them to truth. People that otherwise would have been lost, but will be saved because we spent the time and effort to help someone find saving truth. These people are our hope, our joy, our reason to boast before Christ.

    Are you helping lead people to truth? Will you stand happy before Christ when He returns knowing that there are saved people there because of your influence?

    Notice what Paul wrote about the Christians at Thessalonica whom he had taught the truth!

    1 Thessalonians 2:19-20 says, "For what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting before our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not you? For you are our glory and joy."