You are one day closer…to the fullness and blessing of the glory of God.
I stumbled there a moment, thinking about what you are one day closer to. Eternal life? You already have it. The forgiveness of sins? You have that too. Many of the things you will experience in eternity you already have. And yet you long to be there.
You long to be where there is no suffering, no pain, and no conflict. Why aren’t you there? God has chosen to have you reflect his spiritual light in the darkness of this world before the eternal day that will dawn with his coming.
He knows things are difficult and troublesome, painful and grievous. But unless your neighbor in any spiritual darkness turns from his ways towards God, trouble, pain and turmoil will be all that your neighbor has.
You are at a nexus. You are on the front line of God’s kingdom. You are in this world but are not of this world. You have been buried with Christ such that you will be in the likeness of his resurrection: glorious.
Shining in the eternal day glorifies God but perhaps, reflecting his light in the perishing night glorifies him more. God wills all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
It is not your perfection or imperfection that matters, but the perfect forgiveness of wrongdoing God gives freely which does matter. When you confess the work Christ did for sinners you are a mirror for the gospel of God. And this does matter.
It matters to anyone fleeing the darkness. He or she can not bear the wrath of God, and the grace of God, the grace of God will bear him or her into eternal life. The grace of God will carry them forever.
So if you hold the gospel to be true, praise God, and see the darkness recede. And if you’ve been directed to speak the word of God, tell it, and watch the night fade and fly away.
You are one day closer to the fullness and blessing of the glory of God, but eternal life and the forgiveness of sins are already yours.