Daily Delight

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

I’ve always loved this timeline of the Christian life in Romans 8:30 (ESV) 

And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. 

Isn’t it interesting that Paul uses ‘glorified’ in the past tense? Though we do not yet make our home in Heaven, it means that our sanctification is as good as done. It means that Christ’s work is complete, final, without-needing-anything-else. 

Paul goes on in Romans 8:38-39 to say, 

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

Once you are in Christ nothing, absolutely nothing, will ever pluck you out of His embrace. Take heart, have confidence in who God says you are. You are part of His family. I wonder if Heaven will feel somewhat like a cozy living room. Believers gathered, from across time and continents, all delighting at the one who commands rightful attention at the center of the room: Christ Jesus, our beloved big brother and firstborn of all creation (Colossians 1:15). The desire for community and belonging is divinely, strategically placed in our souls. God wants us to belong in His family. He foreknew and predestined many to be conformed to the image of Christ, in order that he [Christ] might be the firstborn among many brothers, (Romans 8:29, ESV) 

Fond memories you may have of cozy times with friends and family are mere shadows of the eternal reality God has prepared. Let that thought of many coming to faith in Jesus and joining God’s family propel you to evangelism. Let it propel you to join God’s people in God’s place - the Church. 


About the Author

Victoria Wilson≫ ≫ Victoria is the wife to Ben, mom to Carson and Nora, and restless until she finds her rest in Christ. Her daily work may look a bit varied - SAHM, blogger, virtual assistant, and birth doula - but she finds each role is tied together by a common thread of encouraging and nurturing others. Victoria enjoys perfect lattes, long walks with good friends, and Nutella - lots and lots of Nutella. The best place to keep in touch with Victoria is here.


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