It's All Good

If you're looking for an uplifting, encouraging and comforting verse from the Bible, look no further than Romans 8:28. "All things work together for good to those who love God, and are called according to his purposes."

So Christians should rejoice when we get fired because God has a better job in store for us, right? We shouldn't worry about an old car not running, because we're gonna get a new one, right? We should actually be glad when our house burns down because there's a mansion in our future, right?

Wrong. We should rejoice, but for another reason. The last question hits pretty close to home. If we will burn down (or yield) the "earthen temple" we dwell in, the Bible does say there's a mansion waiting for us in Heaven.

The key is in the comma. You see, Romans 8:28 and 29 compose one sentence. Let me give you the full sentence. "All things work together for those who love God and are called according to his purposes, for whom he foreknew he preordained that they should be conformed to the image of his son, that he might be the first fruit among many brothers."

So it's not that I should look forward to God replacing my stuff with better stuff. Instead, he's using all the incidents in my life to mold me to be more like Jesus Christ. When I become a Christian, I am to look at and follow the example of my big brother until I am so much like him there is a clear "family resemblance".

All the trials and victories of life help us become strong mature Christians. We grow to inhabit and occupy a whole new being or "temple" that's more like his than ours. Then, when we at last shed the trappings of material life, we will be well suited and worthy to join our big brother in the glorious family estate that awaits the homecoming of all God's children.

Eric ScottComment