Glorification – You Will Reflect Christ’s Glory (Day 20)
How would you describe your Christian life? I’d say that mine is a mass of contradictions. Actually, that’s true of every Christian in this life.
Think about it:
- We love Christ, but at the same time we feel the pull of the world, the flesh and the devil.
- We trust Christ, but at the same time, we struggle with many doubts and fears.
- We have new life in Christ, but at the same time, our bodies are subject to sickness, aging and death.
Christians are a mass of contradictions, but it will not always be so. “When Christ, who is your life, appears, you will appear with him in glory.” (Col. 3:4) Your love for Christ will be complete, your faith will be turned to sight, and you will experience the joys of everlasting life in a resurrected body. You will be with Christ, in glory, forever!
Not only will you be in Christ’s glory, but His glory will be in you. Paul says, “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” (Rom. 8:18)
Your Christian life is like a tree in winter. It looks bare, but it is alive, and when the spring comes it will flourish. Its full glory is still to be seen.
Knowing and anticipating your future glorification is of huge value in the Christian life. Use this truth to your advantage when it seems that everything is against you. That’s what Paul did: “Therefore we do not lose heart… For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” (2 Cor. 4:16-17)
Think about this: The Apostle is telling us from his own experience how to make sure that we don’t lose heart! God works through the debilitating trials of your life to form a unique reflection of Christ in you that will endure for His glory and to your joy forever.
Seeing the weight of this future glory sustained Paul through the hardest times of his life. So fix your eyes on what lies ahead when God’s redeeming work in your life is complete. As you anticipate the outcome, God will increase your strength and courage to endure.
Welcome to Unlocking the Bible’s tour of the Bible story. Join us on this journey through the breathtaking splendor of God’s redeeming purpose in Jesus Christ. For the next 21 days, we will post a daily devotional to help you reflect on Jesus’ glory by taking a broad look at all that God has promised and accomplished in Him. May God give you fresh glimpses of the glory of Jesus as you prepare for and celebrate Christmas.
Date Posted: December 25th, 2011