30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. Romans 8:30
“Tell them to come and join us in our Glory,” my Lord said.
I thought about it for a moment. Did He just say Our Glory? Like the Holy Trinity Glory? Or was He saying something else? Something allegorical or maybe symbolic? I felt a rush of excitement. My heart pounded as I felt my Lord move me around the empty dance floor. I could see the throngs of people watching us. I wanted them to be with us. And I suddenly knew that’s what He wanted, too. He wanted them to join us in Our Glory.
“Invite them to join us in our Glory,” He said again.
In the natural world, about half of the ten or so people in the prayer room I was in had fallen to their faces in worship. I wanted to say, “Come join us in His Glory!” but no words would come out.
“Not right now,” the Lord said.
As my Lord and I danced, the Glory of His Presence surrounded me and guided me lightly around the golden dance floor. I hid His words in my heart.
“Tell them to join us in our Glory. Our Glory.”
For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. Romans 8:15-17
I hear the Lord calling me closer. I feel His longing for our reunion. I feel His heart palpitate with eagerness and excitement. His sweet Bride will one day share fully in His Awesome Glory. But even now, even waiting, He is beckoning us closer and closer to Him, to share His Glory in this dark and broken world.
We live in a world withering away from the cancer of sin that has plagued it for so long. This sin tears us down, taunts us with shame, throws us into fear, and rules over us with nothing but death. But the Lord has brought us Light. Beautiful, beautiful light.
1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— 2 the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— 3 that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4 And we are writing these things so that our[a] joy may be complete. 1 John 1:1-4
Come, let us join Him in His Glory. It’s Ours to delight in! If Jesus is ours, and our bodies He has made His Own. And if He has claimed fellowship with us, and offered us Joy. Let’s take it! Let’s join Him in His Glory: a Glory He freely offers to share with us!
5 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith[b] into this grace in which we stand, and we[c] rejoice[d] in hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:1-5
Where is our peace? Where is our forgiveness? Where is our hope? Where is our glory? It is all with Him Who Is Glory! Jesus Who Is Light! Jesus Who Loves Us. Will you come and join us in His Glory? Will you allow yourself to be fully exposed, fully known, fully forgiven, fully loved? Come into Our Glory!
It sounds crazy, even though I know it’s right. The weight of our suffering in this dying world can bring the reality of darkness starkly to bare. We feel the push of shame, and fear, and unworthiness because of the sin of this world. It throws us to the floor on our faces. We proclaim Worthy Is The Lamb, because we feel the weight of our own unworthiness! Yet, all the while Christ’s response to us is, “Worthy are my children whom I have made worthy! Join me in full unity! Join me in my Glory!”
5 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 1 John 1:5-10
Can we try to hold onto that? We are in the light because we are in Christ. We no longer walk in darkness. We are free from the sin and shame that so deeply entangled us. Let’s stand amazed in His Presence and feel the Glory of His love. Let’s join Him in Our Glory and finally be one with Him.