What Will Be Our “Glory”?

There can be no doubt that our biggest ‘glory’ will be to spend eternity with our Lord and Savior.  But, I’m looking beyond that at the accomplishments of our life or entire lifetime here on this earth.

Of course, I don’t know exactly what our ‘glory’ will be in that regard, as much of what we achieve is not visible to us, at least not while we are still alive.  The people we have helped, witnessed to, lead to Christ, etc…  Those things, and the associated rewards or ‘glory’, are mostly hidden from our view at this time.

But, I do think there might be something we can discuss in this area.

You see, I doubt the size of your achievement will really matter too much.  What will matter is what you have done with what you have been given.  Size is relative, at least according to the scriptures and the teachings of Jesus.

In the parable of Lazarus and the rich man, it appears that Lazarus never accumulated any wealth or personal possessions.  He died in the same shape he lived – in poverty, want, and sickness.  This should cause us to reevaluate what it means to be ‘successful’.

You won’t be measured by what you didn’t have.  You won’t be measured by the opportunities that passed you by in life, and landed on someone else.  You won’t be measured by your wealth or poverty.  But, you will be measured by what you did with what you were given, whether it be little or great.

Whether we are rich or poor we all face difficulties, disappointments, grief, sorrow, and setbacks.  Some have many, and some have few.  But, regardless, our glory may be measured not by the size of the difficulties we face, but in how we face them, and overcome them.

In the case of Lazarus we can gain some insight into the fact he never gave up.  According to the parable he was at the gate of the rich man every day until he died.  He didn’t just stay home, which might have been far easier.  He was engaged.

So, instead of wishing our problems and difficulties would go away, maybe we should be looking for a way out, or a way to overcome.  With every difficulty there is a purpose.  We may not fully understand what that purpose is, but there is a purpose.  In many situations God will give us the ability to work our way through.  In others, only God can perform the work required.  But, in all cases, there is usually something that is required of us.  God wants us to be a participant, not a spectator.

Understand, there are some life situations that cannot be solved with simply applying effort or courage.  But, there is always something to be gained.  And, the glory belongs to those individuals who refuse to give up, to sit in defeat, or get their hands dirty.  The glory belongs to those who are grimy, face covered with sweat and mud, and who live according to the grace given to us from God.  Those are the victors, and will receive their ‘glory’ in due time.

One Response to “What Will Be Our “Glory”?”

  1. Carol Gilham Says:

    Wonderful writing! It reminds me of a song my parents use to sing together….
    “It will be worth it all when we see Jesus! Life’s trials will seem so small, when we see Christ. One glimpse of his dear face, all sorrow He’ll erase. So bravely run the race, till we see Christ.”

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