Summary: Where do you find unshakable security? Don’t you long for such a blessing? How would you like for God to know you, call you, justify you, sanctify you and glorify you? Here’s good news!
Our future glory is secured in God’s love. What does that say to you today?
Read Romans 8:18-30
Did you ever hear of someone who couldn’t afford to retire? Well let me tell you something... Our Christian retirement is not only out of this world, it is completely paid in full and secure.
Is life tough at times? Does it feel like conflicts and worries mount up to overwhelm you? Maybe it’s a health problem. Maybe it’s a relationship problem. Maybe it’s a financial problem. Maybe it’s all the above. God didn’t make you for the purpose of dying a miserable death after living a difficult life. That is not what existence is all about. The Lord has called us to rejoice in Hope of glory! Eternal glory in the heavens!
Even today he has given his Spirit that cries with you and communicates your sorrows better than you can. Everything around you groans as it longs to see the day that our glory is revealed.
Do you remember as a child seeing your present under the Christmas tree. I remember feeling almost sick with anxiousness to get at that wrapping paper and tear into it. I remember how long those days seemed to be of the week before Christmas. I would be groaning with longing. And when the day finally arrived
4:45 AM We would all rush in and wake up mom and dad and gather around the tree and open the presents.
Wow! What a powerful exuberant experience that was! But it only lasted for a little while. After a week or so, things were generally back to business as usual. Oh, we’d show off our new things to whoever hadn’t seen it, and we’d enjoy playing with all the new stuff. But basically the newness was over. The glory would fade.
God tells us that our glory... the glory prepared for us.. is not going to be like that at all. Our joy and rejoicing in glory with God will be without end! Eternal exuberance! Just imagine! Isn’t that what we really know that life was made for. I mean, deep down inside, don’t we all know that the curse of death and decay is really not the way it is supposed to be. Why do you think we work so hard to find cures for diseases and pains. Why do we seek to avoid the weakness that comes with aging?
I remember when the news reported that Ronald Ragan had Alzheimer’s. I read his message in Newsweek. He said he wished Nancy could be spared from this. I think of some of our beloved members here who suffer from cancer, Alzheimer’s and other difficulties. I look at that and think... is that the way life is supposed to be.
Brothers and sisters in Christ... We are living for an eternal glory that will not perish, spoil or fade, Kept in heaven for us. Jesus said, Do not store up treasures here on earth where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal... but store up treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal. Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Jesus also said, Whoever loves this life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
Romans tells us that our suffering here is not worth comparing with the glory to be revealed in us... What suffering? Well, lets look for a minute and consider what suffering he is talking about. 2 Cor 11:23-29.
Have you suffered? Some of you have suffered and some are suffering greatly right now. Do you know something about suffering that is really neat. It sure makes you appreciate a cure. Did you know that God has a great cure for suffering? He does. Honest! A cure that will wipe away every tear. A cure that reveals to us eternal glory. This cure came to us wrapped in flesh. A gift wrapped up so we could not see its brilliant glory. Inside of him is everything
life was made for. He walked among us. He taught us about life and about a kingdom that consists only of God’s will and God’s glory. Then that gift was hung on a tree, where the price for our glory was paid. He suffered so that some day we wouldn’t have to. In Jesus death our sins were taken away. The cure for the curse of death and decay was Jesus on the cross. We suffer, he suffered. He was raised to life and glory... We will be raised to life and glory! Do you believe that? You can’t have it if you don’t believe it!
The Spirit is given to those who believe and obey the gospel of Jesus Christ.