How does glorification affect my daily life? What am I going to do with the knowledge the Scriptures unfold to me about being glorified with Christ?
- Remember that your theology should inform your emotions. Many times our emotions inform our view of what is right and wrong when it should be the other way around. Our theology, our knowledge and study of God should impact our emotions in every area of life. I’ve said this before: What is true about God is true about God no matter how I feel. Emotions are very powerful and so many of us live by them because we are controlled by our emotions rather than obeying Scripture and taking every thought captive for Christ and making our emotions obey Jesus. Look at your doctrine here: God, from all eternity decided to know you and to set his covenantal affections upon you. He chose you to be in Christ before the foundations of the earth. Before the statement was uttered, “In the beginning,” you were in the picture. He chose you, he called you out of darkness into the marvelous light of his son and he justified you by grace through faith as you rested upon his mercy to acquit you of your sin, make you clean and impute the righteousness of Christ to you. Finally, he is making you holy and working in your life until Christ returns to complete what was begun as you are ultimately, completely and eternally united to Christ as you reign with him for all eternity. Let that impact your feelings. That is who you are. You are defined by Jesus and none else.
- Focus on heavenly things in order to properly honor God and love people. John Piper is awesome, and he says this,
“The problem with the church today is not that there are too many people who are passionately in love with heaven. Name three! The problem is not that professing Christians are retreating from the world, spending half their days reading Scripture and the other half singing about their pleasures in God all the while indifferent to the needs of the world. The problem is that professing Christians are spending ten minutes reading Scripture and then half their day making money and the other half enjoying and repairing what they spend it on. It is not heavenlimindedness that hinders love. It is worldlimindness that hinders love, even when it is disguised by a religious routine on the weekend. Where is the person whose heart is so passionately in love with the promised glory of heaven that he feels like an exile and a sojourner on the earth? Where is the person who has so tasted the beauty of the age to come that the diamonds of the world look like marbles, and the entertainment of the world is empty, and the moral causes of the world are too small because they have no view to eternity? Where is this person? He is not in bondage to TV-watching or eating or sleeping or drinking or partying or fishing or sailing or putzing around. He is a free man in a foreign land. And his one question is this: How can I maximize my enjoyment of God for all eternity while I am an exile on this earth? And his answer is always the same: by doing the labors of love. Only one thing satisfies the heart whose treasure is in heaven: doing the works of heaven. And heaven is a world of love! It is not the cords of heaven that bind the hands of love. It is the love of money and leisure and comfort and praise — these are the cords that bind the hands of love. And the power to sever these cords is Christian hope. I say it again with all the conviction that lies within me: it is not heavenlimindedness that hinders love on this earth. It is worldlimindedness. And therefore the great fountain of love is the powerful, freeing confidence of Christian hope!”
If we truly are to be of earthly good, then our task is to be more heavenly-minded. Your next question is anticipated: How do I do that? How do I, as Colossians 3 says, “set my mind on things above?” Being heavenly-minded does not mean that you think about heaven, or going to heaven, or about golden streets or seeing your dead Aunt Flossy. Being heavenly-minded means thinking about the reward. Turn to Hebrews 11:23-26. The treasure stored up in heaven is God. The reward is God. The joy in obedience is God. The satisfaction is with God. Would you be content? Would you be satisfied? Come to Christ and drink, for he who drinks from Christ will never thirst again. Would you find joy? Come to Christ and his joy will be in you and your joy will be complete. Would you find strength in suffering? Would you have endurance? Come to Jesus by whom you can have peace with God and joy in the midst of trial. Would you die well? Would you look down the corridor of your final moments and say with a quiet assurance, though the worms destroy my body, yet in my flesh shall I see God, for my redeemer lives and with him I shall stand? Come to Christ, the author and the glorious finisher of our faith.