• Jack Selcher

A Glorious Present and Future

Wars are bad. Unwinnable ones are worse. Unbelievers stubbornly hug the chains that bind them in their war against God. They’re losing. They think they’re winning. For example, their “freedom” to engage in sexual promiscuity leads to venereal diseases, AIDS, and unplanned pregnancies. Their lying renders them unable to believe others. Their addictions break their health and families. The casualty list is extensive.

Jesus’ death made peace with God possible. There’s no sane reason for the war to continue. It’s over for those who’ve repented and trusted in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. When an unwinnable war is over, it’s reason to rejoice.

We rejoice because of our glorious future. God’s glory is His incomprehensibly impressive quality of being. Light radiates from His presence. One day we’ll share in that impressiveness. He calls us to eternal glory (1 Peter 5:10). We’ll be like Jesus and see Him as He is (1 John 3:2). At the resurrection, our bodies will become like Jesus’ glorious body (Philippians 3:21).

We rejoice because of difficulties. One day we’ll become unimaginably impressive creatures. Before we do, we must overcome difficulties. They develop our patience. Jesus has oceans of it. For us, puddles of it can sometimes be challenging! Developing patience strengthens our character. It helps us draw closer to Him and trust Him more. Our difficulties pass through God’s loving hand before He allows them to touch us. We rejoice because we know God is lovingly using them to shape us to be more like Jesus.

We don’t deserve a glorious present and future. Yet, we confidently expect it because God’s undeserved favor rules supreme. Jesus died for the weak and ungodly. We qualify! That isn’t a very high bar to clear! He sacrificed Himself knowingly and willingly so we could become like Him. The Most died for the least. The Best for the worst. The Holy Creator for rebellious creatures. His love for us is behind it all.

If God saved us when we were His enemies, surely, He’ll keep on saving us now that we’re His children. If Jesus died for us when we were His enemies, how much more will His Spirit who lives in us provide all we need. The power that raised Jesus and the love which motivated Him are both available to us. Jesus wants to live His life in and through us.

“Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation” (Romans 5:1-11, NIV). Let’s brag about God, not ourselves. When we brag about ourselves, we quickly run out of material. That’s never a problem when we brag about God!

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