Jude 24,25—Now to Him who is able to protect you from stumbling and to make you stand in the presence of His glory, blameless and with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority before all time, now, and forever. Amen.
Some of the most gifted athletes in the world compete for the right to be world champions, to receive around their neck the coveted gold medal. Some of the brightest human beings bask in the glory of winning a Nobel Prize. Male and female leaders who spent the best years of their lives serving their country, yearn to be promoted to the rank of general or admiral. Great business minds turn work into currency and reach incredible pinnacles of wealth. Those who achieve their desires or more than they hoped for, often at the height of achievement, feel a nagging realization, “There’s got to be more to life than this!”
Some never gain their dreams. Daily living presents them with an unending series of disappointments and pains. Life seems hollow.
I don’t know which camp typifies your experience or perhaps you’ve lived a combination of both. But you met Jesus and made Him your Lord and Savior and now on the road home you hold fast to your faith in Him. Regardless of whether you’ve stood on the platform of victory or floundered in the mud of mishap, your greatest day is yet to come, the day you will be standing in glory.
Imagine how awesome that moment in timelessness will be—the Lord will call you from your procumbent position of reverence, to stand! Your Creator will walk you before heaven’s hallowed crowd, that cheering throng of fame. You will stand in His glory—blameless. Your heart will feel joy so exponentially powerful as to make those chills that ran down your spine on earth seem trivial.
Never again will you stumble! No more will you know the taste of acerbity, the reflection of pain, the embarrassment of wrongdoing. Standing in glory before God, He is exalted and you are examined and found clean. Your faith is His credit. Your redemption is His majesty. Your victory over death is His power. Your admittance before His throne is His authority before all time, now, and forever.
This is a magnificent moment to praise God. Victory is ours—hallelujah! Emancipation is our heritage and it is a safe one, no one can take from us. So let’s renew our commitment today to walk as victors, appropriating now what God promises. Let’s be radiant lights. Let’s sing at the top of our lungs to our Redeemer, the gratitude that fills our soul as we look forward to standing in His glory!
God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing."—C.S. Lewis
We want success, God wants glory.—Oswald Chambers in Notes On Isaiah
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)