From Suffering to Glory!

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. (Romans 8:18). 

I have been unable to shake this verse from my conscious since I heard it said in church last week.  These words stilled my soul as it quickly pierced the very heart of all my desires.  This promise is overwhelming, after all, “Who am I to expect such favor?”  It is the ultimate carrot on the end of a disciple’s stick to realize that the very glory of God will be revealed in them.   To me, this promise secures for us an ultimate panacea for our mortal march through this valley of tears.  The very concept of divine adoption, impregnates us with an immutable hope galvanized by the love of God which is in Christ Jesus.  Although this perfect hope of redemption cannot be seen, we persevere all the more in our joyful blindness.  Is it irrational to believe in something we cannot see?  Of course not!  That which we do see is never perfect and therefore cannot be our true hope.  The very glory to be revealed in us is the immortal life in Christ.  The very life He generously imparts to His friends raising them as sons and daughters to the Father.   Perfect, immortal life, the very life of God’s Love, will also allow us to see and know what we could not before.  Imagine our blindness, like the two men from Emmaus, that could not see that this stranger they invited to stay with them was Jesus.  Until…we read in Luke 24:30-31, “Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.”  What reveals Jesus to you in your life?  Consider our blindness to the invisible beauty when joining two as one in marriage, or baptism, or laying of hands, or the proclamation of the Gospel, or confessing one’s sins, or praying, or communion, or etc…   Something more than tells me that the orchestration and blessings of infinite wonder are sadly overlooked by our temporary blindness.  Faith, therefore, to be rational, must not be by sight but unseen.  Faith is our joyful response to abide in the true hope with the One who makes all things new.   It is undeniable that we are extended immeasurable mercy in God’s offering all the opportunity to partake in the glory that will be revealed.

 

His Peace,

Chris

 

How is Jesus revealed to you?

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One thought on “From Suffering to Glory!

  1. “Who am I to expect just a favor?” The answer is ‘no one special.’ Where Christianity is uniquely different from every other world view, is that Christians don’t ‘expect’ to go to Heaven on their own merit, thus, the very definition of ‘grace.’ Yet, it is by God’s unmerited grace that he makes us ‘special’ in His own eyes, when we say ‘yes’ to His Son & His finished work on the cross, which allows us into Heaven. In fact, even faith – the very ‘tool’ that God uses to save us – is a gift from Him (Ephesians 2:8-9). The idea that God predestined His elect before the foundations of the earth really stretches the imagination, & at the end we humbly realize that in reality, we did not choose Him, but rather He chose us! What makes us so ‘special?’ Again, the answer is ‘nothing,’ but He created His elect & chose us for a unique & special purpose – again, how humbling! Makes you realize how privileged we are in God’s eyes. Sadly, in my conversations with a communist atheist from China, he can’t see past the beauty of the creation to see the awesomeness of the Creator, because he can’t see that true genuine, convicting, saving faith can’t be see, (Hebrews 11:1), yet, nonetheless, isn’t any less real. In Christ, Steve.

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