Sunday, April 14, 2013

On The Path To Glory

Last week in the Romans study I have the privilege of teaching we looked at chapter 8, verses 14-25. In this passage we looked at several of the assurances that we are a child of God when we have placed our trust in Jesus Christ for our salvation. In looking at these verses we considered several things we can know as a result of the various ways that the Holy Spirit works in our lives here and now. This includes the inseparability of the link between suffering and glory. As crazy as it seems this is an intended relationship that reminds us both of how temporary things are now and how wonderful things will be for all eternity. With the now comes struggle and suffering along with strengthening and victory as God demonstrates His constant love and watch care leading to times of joy, assurance, and hope. All of these point us to a time when the struggling will cease and glory will be fulfilled.

This afternoon I was working on Jonny’s career arrow (an actual arrow with painted markings reflecting the things he has accomplished while as a Cub Scout). As I worked on the arrow it also gave me an opportunity to reflect on my career arrow, or maybe more accurately God’s career arrow in my life. There have been so many times when I had to set forth on something new, desired or not, and have wondered and even fretted about how they would turn out. Over the years, as I have seen God demonstrate His watch care in my life and that of my family and as I have seen Him accomplish so much, I have grown in the ability to look back and reflect with appreciation and then look forward with anticipation. Today Sarah writes about heaven being both present and future. It is present because of His presence that is shown us in so many ways and because of the joy we can experience as a result. And it is definitely future because one day this will pale in comparison to what awaits. Being a Christian is not about grinning and bearing it until my ship comes in. No, it is about living a life in dependence on a God who loves me and who has a plan for my life.

Today in “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young (4/14)

Heaven is both present and future. As you walk along your life-path holding My hand, you are already in touch with the essence of heaven: nearness to Me. You can also find many hints of heaven along your pathway, because the earth is radiantly alive with My Presence. Shimmering sunshine awakens your heart, gently reminding you of My brilliant Light. Birds and flowers, trees and skies evoke praises to My holy Name. Keep your eyes and ears fully open as you journey with Me.

At the end of your life-path is an entrance to heaven. Only I know when you will reach that destination, but I am preparing you for it each step of the way. The absolute certainty of your heavenly home gives you Peace and Joy, to help you along your journey. You know that you will reach your home in My perfect timing: not one moment too soon or too late. Let the hope of heaven encourage you, as you walk along the path of Life with Me.

But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. 1 Corinthians 15:20-23

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain. Hebrews 6:19

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