2017-11-04 / Religion

All my best memories are in the future

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. … And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. (Romans 8:18 and 23-25 ESV)

Bruce Springsteen sang, “Glory days, well they’ll you pass by. Glory days, in the wink of a young girl’s eye.”

We often think of “glory days” as being those days of youth, past and oft relived in memory, and freshly desired, as if they could return.

Not me. You can have them all.

Those may have been enjoyable days. Some were fun days. Those days, though, weren’t my glory days.

Even in the best of my youth, I had no glory. Even in the world’s version of it, I had no glory. I was nobody; less than nobody. Perhaps if I had been somebody to somebody, I’d think those were glory days. In a way, I thank God I was nobody’s somebody and everything’s nothing. I never look back for something I’m missing today.

Recently, in a gathering in our local church, we took time to create our personal timelines. I am not very artistic, but I did want to convey that my best day before being a disciple of Jesus was never as good as my worst days since being saved and becoming a follower of Christ.

It was interesting also to note that looking back at some of my tougher times in life I can also see they were times of my greatest growth.

I’m in better days than my former days, but even these best days aren’t the pinnacle of what is to come.

My glory days are coming. Those days are on the way.

And, even now, I praise God for them.

In Christ, there is glory coming. Even the nobodys are somebody in Jesus, and everybody in Jesus will get a new body in place of the old body and that body will be a glorious body, too. Now, that’s glory.

You know, dear friends, in today’s Scripture, Paul is telling us that we live in expectation that is better than anything else we have ever seen.

Paul poses a great question, “…who hopes for what he sees?”

We already have that. We already know the glory we can see. The Spirit of God is causing believers to long for that glory we have never seen anywhere.

The Spirit is leading our spirit to understand that heaven and timeless time with God is better than anything we have ever imagined.

Elsewhere, Paul said, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9 NLT)

You may not believe it, but I do; all my best days, all my best memories, and all God’s best giftings are out in front of those who love him.

This worldly glory, well, it leaves in the blink of an eye, but that heavenly glory will come in the twinkle of the eye. I’m hoping for what I’ve yet seen, and waiting for patience for the glory God’s promised.

Yes, glory days, they are coming.

Tim Bowes is executive director of My Life Matters. Questions and comments may be sent directly to Bowes at twbowes.lightsteps@gmail.com

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