For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?
When Paul wrote to the Thessalonians, he was so identified with the Lord, so satisfied with the course of his life, so certain of his life's final outcome... that he no longer held hopes for himself-- because they were fulfilled or in process.
As the new Way's seasoned ambassador, Paul focused his hopes on growing God's flock, physically and spiritually. When he envisioned them meeting Jesus, he was thrilled by the glorious image of God's family coming together.
To Paul, that was his crowning achievement, an overwhelming crown of rejoicing: to see not only himself in Heaven, but to attend the best party ever. Paul's joy was multiplied beyond measure.
What should Paul's noteworthy hope mean to us?
1) While hopes for ourselves are starting places that may direct us toward our calling, seasoned saints focus their hopes on others.
2) As Christ's ambassadors, we're commissioned to be out and about our Lord's business. For us, 'Home Alone' is just a movie.
3) Hoping for stuff is wasted time (at best). Silly stuff will never survive the grave, but every righteous hope realized... will.
## Hope: Crowns Its Carriers (Part 39)
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Hope series.