Grace For The Journey
Today is my last blog of 2018. I want to use it to ask a question . . .
“How did this year go for you?
Did it turn out like you had planned?
Did you accomplish the goals you had set
For yourself in the areas that matter most?”
As we get ready to turn the page on yet another year, we must remember that history will someday come to an abrupt end. The trumpet will sound, Jesus will return on the clouds of heaven, and He will restore all things.
Jesus will take all that is wrong and make it right,
He will take all that is crooked and make it straight.
When Jesus comes again, He will not appear to humanity as a baby laid in a manger, as we just celebrated this past Christmas . . .
When He comes again, He will appear as a conquering King.
And when He does, the Bible says in Philippians 2:10-11, “At the name of Jesus every knee should bow . . . and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” The kingdom of heaven will come in all its fullness, majesty, and glory, as God ushers in a new heaven, a new earth, and a new you (Revelation 21:5).
For the Christian,
Regardless of how this year worked out for you,
The best is yet to come!
Perhaps you had a year filled with one storm after another, and struggle after struggle, barely keeping your head above water. Or maybe it was your best year ever.
Whatever it was . . .
It was not what it will be one day!
The Bible declares in Revelation 21:4, “And God will wipe every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain; for the former things have passed away. Then He who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’ And He said to me, ‘Write, for these words are true and faithful.’”
And when that day comes . . .
As Christians will have arrived at our intended destination;
We will finally and fully be home at last.
We will be in a place we had longed for, looked for, and lived for.
We will finally be in the place where we know we belong
Because of the One we belong to!
And this will not be the end of our story,
It will be only just the beginning of it.
Everything we will have done up to that great Day will end up being what C. S. Lewis so rightly observed,
“The cover and the title page of the One Great Story,
Which no one on earth has read,
Which goes on forever and ever,
In which every chapter is better than the one before.”
The best is truly yet to come!
Heaven will descend into our fallen, broken, and hurting world. The lion will lie down with the lamb. The skies will sing and the trees will dance. Our humanness will be restored as we are reunited with other believers from every tongue, tribe, and nation, and there will be peace on earth that will never again be broken.
What an amazing reality!
What an incredible future to look forward to!
The entire world will be restored.
The Bible says in Romans 8:21, “Because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.”
Until that day comes,
And for as long as we are here,
Let us champion His cause
By preaching the Gospel
To everyone we meet –
With both our lips and our lives.
Let us, as fallen and broken people, reach up, reach in, reach out in the name of Jesus to bring His restoration and reconciliation to a fallen and broken world. Let that be our first priority as we begin the year, and our greatest goal throughout the year for the glory of our King!
This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey
Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!
Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”