The Joy of Glory

Discovering endless joy in the boundless glory of God…

Lent Devotional: Jude 24-25

Jude 24-25 (click here)
Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. (Jude 24-25)

Reflection
I watch the groom.

It’s true. At every wedding I officiate, when the bride comes down the aisle and all rise to honor her… I watch the groom.

Why?

Isn’t this day all about the bride? Isn’t she the one arrayed in splendor and glory? Isn’t she the one everyone has stood to see?

It is true that a wedding’s emphasis falls on the glory of the bride, but if you want to see the joy that glory produces… watch the groom. In his face, you will see the joy of glory. It is his joy for his bride to be glorified… and her overwhelming radiance light up his eyes as never before. He is in her presence with great joy.

The beautiful benediction of Jude is a total “joy of glory” moment. Yes… it is all about the glory of God… that is what the good word calls for! All GLORY be to the only God, our Savior! And as we say these words we cannot help, but smile.

Why?

It is true that the emphasis of Jude 24-25 falls on the glory of God, but if you want to see the joy that glory produces… watch believers. In their faces, you will see the joy of glory, for this great God has used all his majesty, dominion, and authority to keep them from stumbling and to bring them into the presence of his GLORY with GREAT JOY!

This is the promise and hope of what our God will do… this is what he IS doing! This is our hope… the joy of glory!


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*The complete SVCC Lenten reading guide is available here.

Lent Devotional: 1 Peter 1:3-5

1 Peter 1:3-5 (click here)
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (1 Peter 1:3-5)

Reflection
Have you ever inherited anything?

As a young boy, I remember being fascinated by this Native American spearhead that my grandmother had in her china cabinet. Her own father had found it while doing some road construction and it was still in near perfect condition.

She would let me take it out and examine it, hold it, and just be in awe of it. It would be several years later that she would eventually pass it down to me. She kept it, to keep it safe until the time was right for it to be mine in full.

What a gift.

There is a greater gift being kept for all of those who Christ king. You have an inheritance being kept for you by your heavenly father until the day it shall be yours in full. And, wonder of wonders… you can know that it shall be yours, for just as he is keeping your inheritance he is also keeping you!

That’s the declaration of 1 Peter 1:5! There is “an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded (kept) through faith…”

God is keeping your inheritance and he is keeping you! How? Through faith!

He is sustaining and strengthening your faith day by day… even right now, in this moment, through reading these promises again!

O’ Christian may your faith be strengthened today by knowing that God is not only keeping an inheritance for you, but he is keeping you! Your inheritance shall be yours… and it is greater than anything anyone else could give you! What is your inheritance? It is HIM!

What a gift!

It is being kept for you… and you are being kept for it! Kept by the power of God!


*All previous devotionals may be found at 
www.thejoyofglory.com
*The complete SVCC Lenten reading guide is available here.

Lent Devotional: James 5:19-20

James 5:19-20 (click here)
My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins. (James 5:19-20)

Reflection
There was a knock at the door. We opened it to find a lady standing there with a cute little two-year-old at her side.

“Excuse me… is this your son?”

It was.

Asher had found a way out of the house and just gone exploring wherever he felt like it. I wish I could say this was the first time this has happened, but no… we experienced it with Levi when he was younger, and Asher has accomplished the feat on multiple occasions.

We’ve done everything we can think of to do other than putting a literal tracking device on the kid. We’ve even changed the style of locks we have on the doors… but alas… we have older children who leave the doors unlocked.

Why do we do all of this?

For his safety of course! We are not trying to imprison the kid… we are trying to keep him from getting run over in the road. We are trying to save him from death!

The Word of God, the truth acts much in the same way. It keeps our hearts close to the Lord of life and away from sin that leads to death. The goal of the word is not to imprison us, but to free us from sin/death to joyous life in God’s presence. We are his children and his Word is for our good.

Thus, whenever we see one another wondering from the truth, I pray that we will be like my neighbor! May we seek to bring each other back home to our Father… not because we love getting all judgmental towards one another… but because we love each other!

Do you have a wandering brother or sister who currently needs to be pointed back to Christ? There is no easier time to do this than Easter!

Invite them back to the doorway of the empty tomb to behold the beauty of their resurrected Lord! Invite them back to joyous life!


*All previous devotionals may be found at 
www.thejoyofglory.com
*The complete SVCC Lenten reading guide is available here.

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