[Rom 5:1-2 NASB] Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.
Early on as a songwriter, I won a competition with a ballad entitled “Take Me Back.” In part, the chorus read, “Take me back to where I was. Take me back to where I fell in love.” The appeal of the song (I believe) was that all Christians enjoy reminiscing about our “come to Jesus” moments. We look back at them with great fondness, as we should.
In doing so, we rejoice that the unrivaled kindness of King Jesus confronted our guilt and shame. Although we came broken, we were restored in a mere moment. Truly indescribable.
However, and maybe surprisingly, I don’t sing my song any longer. And my reason is what this blog is all about. I don’t sing that song because every new day, the revelation of God’s Kingdom becomes more and more extensive and compelling. That initial moment, although significant, was merely the beginning.The revelation of God's Kingdom should become more and more compelling to us every day. Click To Tweet
Our Come to Jesus Moment was only the Beginning
Please hear me; I’m not saying we shouldn’t revisit that time. We should cherish the past. But if we’re not careful, we can be lulled into a kind of “good ole’ days” fallacy. This idea tells us that all the good things in life happened long ago while much of what we experience now is just irrelevant. This fallacy leaves many of us either:
- Longing for what is behind and not striving toward what is ahead.
- Looking for a “great by-and-by” (which is not Biblically accurate), ignoring the glory that God has revealed in and through us here and now.
In Romans 5:2, Paul tells us that through Jesus Christ, we have obtained our INTRODUCTION (by faith) into grace. Let’s take a moment to think about that. What we’ve experienced in coming to Jesus, as great as it truly is/was, is only the introduction.What we've experienced in coming to Jesus, as great as it truly is/was, is only the introduction. #faithjourney Click To Tweet
An Analogy from Marriage
Maybe we’ll understand it better if we think about it through the lens of a wedding celebration. If a bride or groom’s joy were rooted only in the wedding day, they would miss all that marriage has to offer. They would fail to see the happiness that lies ahead. I’ll let you populate the list of the joys you now have through your kids, through how you’ve matured, and through the life you’ve built with your spouse.
Some people miss all these joys because they romanticize the wedding day too much. They long to relive one “magical” moment forever. Or, they lose all the present joys of life by longing for something far off that may, in fact, be unrealistic.
Walk into the Fullness
What I hope you see after reading this is that the beginning of our journey with God was just that, a beginning. Let’s be grateful and hopeful for all the continued graces that come in light of His great plan. Redemption was simply the beginning; the road ahead looks unbelievably glorious.
This is why Paul concluded his thought in Romans 5:1-2 by saying, “and we exult in hope of the glory of God.” Later, in Romans 8:24-25, he said, “For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he [already] sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.Redemption was simply the beginning; the road ahead looks unbelievably glorious. #redemption Click To Tweet
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