In times of trouble and testing, it is important that we take the long view of things. Paul lived in the
future tense as well as in the present. His actions were governed by what God would do in the future.
He knew that Jesus Christ would return and reward him for his faithful ministry: and on that day, the
saints he had won to Christ would bring glory to God and joy to Paul’s heart.
As the familiar song says, “It will be worth it all, when we see Jesus.” The fact that we shall one day
stand at the Judgment Seat of Christ ought to motivate us to be faithful in spite of difficulties.
At the Judgment Seat of Christ, our works will be judged and rewards will be given. Paul said that the
saints themselves would be his crown when he met them at the Judgment Seat. This joy of greeting
believers in heaven also brings with it a solemn warning: we will lose joy if we go to heaven empty-
The Christian who has not sincerely tried to win others to Christ will not experience this glory and joy
when Jesus Christ returns. We must witness for God so that when we get to heaven, He will have
trophies to present for His glory.
Remember: “They that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn
many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever” (Daniel 12:3).
For further study: Romans 14:10-12; 1 Corinthians 4:1-5;
2 Corinthians 5:9-10; 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20.
Action assignment: Write down the names of any you believe you have won to Christ. If you feel
you are weak in pointing others to Christ, talk to God and ask Him to give you courage. Ask your
pastor about a course on winning people to Christ.
WARREN W. WIERSBE