Scripture for Today: Romans 8:17 “Now if we are His children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory.”
It was completely unexpected to casually run into Marine Le Pen! Whether we agreed with her politics of not, we grabbed this photo opportunity as she was such a prominent controversial figure. Perhaps we felt we had a small claim to fame by association! As with anyone standing in the lime light, we ordinary people can hope that a bit of that shine will rub off on us if we stand close enough!
Today’s verse tells us that those who belong to God are His heirs along with His Son, Christ. As believers, we are His children and have been graciously given the right of inheritance. It is a heady thought. Believers belong to the most important being in the universe and we are privileged to share in His glory. However, sharing in His glory means there will be suffering. If people persecuted our Master then believers, as His servants, can expect persecution as well (John 15:20). But whatever it is we are suffering now cannot even be compared with the glory ahead of us! (Rom.8:18)
I love thinking about the glory that is my future but who wants to go through suffering? In this fallen world I am not exempt from pain, disappointment, or heartbreak. But there can be joy in the morning after a night of weeping. He is faithful to bring me through the most awful circumstances. I know this because He has! And even now, He rewards me by sharing even a small glimpse His glory.
Thank you Lord that, “It will be worth it all when we see Jesus!”