9 For what thanks can we render to God for you in return for all the joy with which we rejoice before our God on your account, 10 as we night and day keep praying most earnestly that we may see your face, and may complete what is lacking in your faith (1 Thessalonians 3)?
Paul’s joy over hearing the good report from Timothy caused three desires to well up inside him: 1) to thank God for them; 2) to see them; and 3) to help them grow in Christ (“complete what [was] lacking in [their] faith”). Indeed, this remained Paul’s M.O. for all of his ministry.
What would it be like if every member of any local congregation manifested these three desires concerning one another? What would that church look like? Can we even imagine such a thing this side of heaven? Should we not long for such a thing, and do everything we can to see such a thing unfold?
Lord, thank You for the joy we can have in being a part of other believers’ growth in Christ. Help us This Day to do whatever we can to see it happen. Amen.