While we continue to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, I believe we have a great opportunity to represent Jesus well as we respond to God’s calling with a hearty, “Here Am I”! Over the next 27 days I will continue sharing the devotions from my “Here Am I” book to help each of us pray about our response to God as He calls us to Himself. Through time in prayer, this devotional journal was written to help you see and respond to God’s calling as you see Him working in your “everyday” life.
Here is day six with an important reminder that you, and those around you, have been called by God to be counted worthy.
Called to Eternal Glory
“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”
1 Peter 5:10 (NIV)
What is the most glorious thing you have ever seen? How long did that glory last? Why? What is it that gives something its glory? What things cause that glory to fade? How does a focus on the difficulties of life affect your view of the future? Why? What would a continual focus on a future of eternal glory do to your view of the suffering you experience? Why? Which is easier to focus on, the present or the future? Which has the greater reward? What will you do to live as one who has been called to an eternal glory?
Many people try to overcome discouragement by seeking out something new and shiny to lift their mood. Whatever we purchase to get us through our struggles here on earth will eventually wear out and lose its glory and our encouragement is short-lived. When God calls us to an eternal glory, He gives us glimpses of it throughout life. In this way, the glory which carries us through our suffering doesn’t fade; rather it is ever-increasing until we experience it in its fullness with Christ. While our enemy wants us to focus on the troubles of life so that we would give up, God calls us to focus on an eternal glory for all who are faithful.
As you pray about being called to an eternal glory, ask God to help you keep your eyes fixed on the glory that is found in Him. Pray that you would not lose heart in the midst of life’s hardships. Pray that your life and words would be reminders to others of the glory that is yet to come. Pray that you would know the greatness of God’s glory as you allow it to give perspective to your current sufferings. Pray for the courage to allow God to strengthen you as you rest in Him.