One of the things that Paul talks about a good bit in his writings is that whatever is behind us is not as great as what is to come. All the stuff of the past, it doesn’t hold a candle to the stuff that is to come. And we often think of that as negative. The past is done. The future is great. God will take away the past mistakes, the past failings, the past stuff, and give us amazing, full, life.
That’s how I think about it, a lot. But listen to something that Paul writes today in 2 Corinthians 3:9-10:
For if there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, the ministry of righteousness must far exceed it in glory. Indeed, in this case, what once had glory has come to have no glory at all, because of the glory that surpasses it.
He’s talking about the old law, how the people used to have live, what they ate, how they washed, all the stuff that they had to do under the old covenant. And Paul says what had glory before, now has no glory. Because of this glory that surpasses it all.
What is this glory that surpasses it all?
Grace. The love of God that sweeps us off our feet, the love of God that restores us. The love of God that forgives us. The love of God that makes us new.
Yeah, the past as good as it may have been, it really doesn’t compare to the future. Even the best of the best, the things that were the greatest, the things with the most glory and most purpose, they are not what really matters or counts.
What does? The glory of God that comes through grace. The glory of God that comes through relationship. The glory of God that comes through His life. The glory of God.
Today, no matter how great the past was, the glory of God is better. No matter how dark the past was, the glory of God redeems. No matter how unworthy you may feel, the glory of God restores. Today, may matter how drift less you may feel, the glory of God gives purpose.
This glory, it is the anchor for our life. You were made for it.
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