Even the greatest spiritual blessings we enjoy here will not compare to our future enjoyment of the eternal blessings in heaven. Likewise, the greatest affliction and pain we go through here in this world will seem only too light and brief when compared to the eternal weight of glory we will have in heaven. “Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal” (Crowder, “Come as You Are”). If that is true here on earth, how much more in heaven!
Let us live in the hope of our glorification! Hope is a powerful thing. It can sustain us through overwhelming challenges and repeated setbacks. It can shine a ray of light into the darkest of circumstances and breathe life into what seemed lifeless. Hope is a powerful thing even when it is baseless. But the hope of our glorification is grounded in what God has predestined before the foundation of the world, whose fulfillment cannot be thwarted. It is as certain and unchangeable as the past. For the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the first fruits of our future resurrection. No darkness of despair can overcome the light of our hope; no weight of affliction and pain can squash the heavenward buoyancy of our hope. And no amount of worldly possession or position or power or prestige can make us arrogant. For they are nothing in comparison to the surpassing magnificence of our glorification!