A New Home: The Future Glory

9th July

Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory He will reveal to us later…creation looks forward to the day it will join in with God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay.”

Romans 8:18,21b

When Adam and Eve disobeyed God and rebellion entered the world, it wasn’t just mankind that faced the curse of sin, but also creation. However when Jesus rose from the dead and defeated sin and death, He broke the curse of sin over our lives. Yet, we still live in a fallen world. Amazingly we have the hope of the promise that one day when Jesus comes back to reign on this earth again, we can experience His full glory and we can live eternally in new bodies and on a new earth.

We may have to suffer at the moment living in a fallen world and our pain and suffering may be great. Yet it will end. The writer of Romans promises that for all who believe, their suffering will end. The glory that awaits is far greater than any suffering we will ever experience. We have a hope of the fullness of knowing what it means to be Christ’s son and daughters. We can know what it means to have new bodies. We can understand what it means to know God in all His fullness.

Let us wait patiently in hope for the fullness of the promise of our salvation. Let us ask for more of the grace of God to live for Him in this fallen world and to love the world He made and all who dwell in it.

A New Home: Our Glorious Hope

8th July

I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among His people! He will live with them, and they will be His people. God Himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things will be gone forever.””

Revelations 21:3-4

Have you experienced what it is like to come to the end of a long race or finally finished a long assignment or task. The elation we feel, when we know its finally over, is almost indescribable. The big sigh of relief, the weight lifted off your shoulders and the joy in your heart are just some of the emotions running around our hearts and minds. The good news is that one day we will have the same feeling, just highly intensified.

How great to reach Heaven’s gates and hear the voice of our Master calling us saying, “well done My child, you made it!” Or the promise we have of eternal life spent without the pain of failure, without the hurt of death, without sadness, mourning, and sorrow. Without grief, anxiety and tears. It will be so great to finally be rid of all struggles and strife, of selfish desires and lies.

Finally, we won’t need to pray in faith, but talk face to face with God Himself. We will finally meet our Risen Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. We will experience His glorious light and love, His warm loving embrace. We will be filled with joy, laughter and happiness. We will experience continuous angelic worship.

All these things are promised to us and that day will come soon. Let us renew our hope in everlasting life. Let us keep pressing on in faith and in the power of the Holy Spirit, not giving up, not falling into temptation, but living pure and blameless lives so when that day finally comes when Jesus returns, we will be called home and into His everlasting glory. If you are tired and weary and fed up or life’s hardships, please don’t give up. There is hope. Just keep pressing on a little longer. Jesus Himself promised that the end will soon come.