An intimate relationship with the King Notice that we're not talking about Elvis, the king of rock-n-roll, or Michael Jackson, the king of pop. We're not talking about earthly princes, queens or kings at all. Years ago, I had the privilege of meeting with King Abdullah and some key Christian leaders. It was a big deal. Plenty of pomp and ceremony. The King we're referring to is the King of kings. Intimacy with Him is a powerful key. Don't forget that our faith is built upon relationship— a relationship with Jesus, God the Father, and the Holy Spirit. And intimacy is the key... if you're intimate with Him, you'll become part of His strategy and implementation. He loves you.
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord (2 Corinthians 3: 18).
It may be difficult for us to comprehend that God gives us the keys to His Kingdom. He has big plans for us. He loves us. He has adopted, called, forgiven and empowered us. His ultimate purpose is for us to rule and reign with Him:
If we endure, we shall also reign with Him (2 Timothy 2: 12a).
And [You] have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth (Revelation 5: 10).
Isn't that a tremendous promise? He wants us to experience and receive glory. Doesn’t the Bible tell us that Jesus Christ is our hope of glory?
To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory (Colossians 1: 27).
What are you hoping for? There's nothing wrong with hoping for a better life here on earth and in heaven.
And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life (Matthew 19: 29).
Sacrifice will produce awesome benefits! God wants us to feel excited about our futures. The Christian walk is not about an endless stream of sufferings and sacrifices and misery. All of our sufferings and sacrifices are for one ultimate goal. That is so amazing. We get to rule and reign with Him. We get to share in His glory. We get to taste of the heavenly blessings. I've mentioned that there are over 100 billion stars and over 100 billion galaxies in the universe. When Jesus said, I go to prepare a place for you, could it be that He was talking about the heavens; i.e., all of the heavens? Scientists tell us that the universe keeps expanding by some invisible force. Could that force be Jesus Christ? Colossians 1: 15-18 seems to endorse this concept:
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.
Who else can hold it all together and expand it at the same time? Hey friends, Jesus is so huge, He can handle all of our little challenges. Who knows what God has in store for His elect, His chosen, His redeemed? That’s us, friends! 1 Corinthians 2: 9 says it so well,
But as it is written: Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who those who love Him.
Do you need more proof that God wants to bring you from glory to glory? Trials and temptations are simply delays to our ultimate destiny. Jeremiah 29: 11 has always been one of my favorite verses in the Bible:
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
He has plans for us. Good ones. Great ones.