October 11, 2018

Romans 5:2… Through him we also have obtained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

            This morning, when I read this, I wondered, “What is the glory of God?” I have a certain understanding of it, but could I describe it? I cannot think of any words to describe it. Perhaps it is just a word to describe God’s presence. What bothered me is that I didn’t know if I rejoiced in the hope of His glory.

            And that brings me to a different dilemma… What does it mean to rejoice? When I lived in Eugene, Oregon, I saw lots of rejoicing when the Ducks won a football game. Is that what “rejoice” means? I suspect it is more than that. “Rejoice” about a football game is a giddy feeling of happiness. “Rejoice” about our hope in the glory of God is much more than that. And yet, because we are humans on earth, we relate the 2 and even compare them.

            Women love to shop. I am not sure that is true of all women but it is true of many that I know. You might rejoice when your favorite store has an amazing sale. If you are modern, perhaps your favorite web site has an amazing sale. Everything this world has to offer pales in comparison to the glory of God. By His grace we stand, delivered, no longer condemned to death. Maybe that’s the question we need to answer; we have been set free. “Are we living as free men and women?” One criticism that I have heard regarding Christians is that they re sour pusses. Bondage to Christ is actually freedom.  We have been delivered from bondage. We are free to live as Christ hopes for us to live. We are free to hope for the glory of God. Don’t be ashamed to hope in God, even though many won’t understand.

            People in bondage don’t really grasp freedom. Often, when slaves were set free, they returned to slavery.  Studies have shown that people who win the lottery often exchange their slavery to poverty for slavery to wealth.  Some of the wealthiest people I know are slaves to their wealth… They work diligently to keep it, to grow it, and to show it.

Galatians 5:1… For freedom, Christ has set us free; therefore, do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.