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Devotional - week of December 17, 2000


YOU CAN TAKE IT WITH YOU

 

It has often been said that you can’t take it with you. There is one thing we can take with us—and we will take it with us. In his letter to the Romans Paul writes:

Romans 8:17  …and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.

That we entered the Kingdom of God to become “joint heirs with Christ” may be the greatest promise in he entire Bible. But the strangest thing about the promise is Paul’s revelation that our inheritance will be “being glorified together” with Jesus.

 

The glory is the radiance that shone round about the shepherds at the announcement of the birth of Jesus.

and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.

The Romans 8:17 passage teaches that we will be glorified with Jesus because we have suffered with Jesus. Read an explanation from Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians.

2 Corinthians 4:17  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory

In the verse following Paul explains that glory comes upon us through suffering because it puts us face-to-face with the Lord.

 

Suffering results in communion with the Lord that results in an eternal weight of glory.

 

All of God’s children will receive glory at the return of the Lord Jesus. But there will be degrees of glory. Because those whose sufferings have kept them face-to-face with the Lord have an eternal weight of glory.

 

And the surest way to stay face-to-face with Jesus is through obeying the five commands for living by grace. Let us do that and we take the glory with us.