Recently a young lady who had attended our church for a number of years with her family when she was a teenager and college age and then moved away came up to me at an event we were both attending and thanked me for disciplining her and giving her a good foundation for her life while she attended JBC. Her words to me were very sincere and emotional, and I felt very honored and blessed. I thought, wow, that was so special and nice, thank You Lord.
1 Thessalonians 2:19-20 For 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? For you are our glory and joy.
In those verses Paul is saying that when we get to heaven people will come up to us and tell us the part that we played in their life, the influence that we had that helped bring them to faith in Christ. I think that when we get our gloried body we will remember and know every part that every person had in our life and that we will also remember and know the part that we played in many other peoples lives. And for all eternity we will be praising and thanking people for the part they played in our life and many people will be thanking and praising us. That is going to be a lot of fun.
But what about the person who didn’t do or say anything to influence or make a difference in anybodies life because they were to busy with their own stuff to take the time to teach a Sunday School class or help out in Youth group or share their faith or even just to invite someone to church.
1 Corinthians 3:13-15 each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.