If you are a movie lover like I am, I’m sure you’ve come across several stories of the protagonist being in a poor or humble background only to discover that he/she is from a royal or wealthy home. With my wild imaginations even as a little girl, I used to imagine how life-changing it would be for me to find out I’m related to a wealthy family and be ushered into this huge, polished and furnished room and be told, “This is your new room.” I guess some things will forever remain fantasies.
For Christians, the life we live is much like a paradox. We are children of the kingdom of God; co-heirs with Christ. Yet we are constrained by the vessel of flesh and have to wait to be transformed into our glorious bodies.
We enjoy the privilege of staying in the presence of God but that doesn’t excuse us from having to deal with the pressures of sin. The temptations and trials will definitely come in various shapes and forms but the advantage we have is that abiding in God will give us the strength to overcome them. Even when we fall, we can trust God to help us get back on our feet.
We have access to the God kind of peace which surpasses human understanding yet we will have problems to face. Again, we have the upper hand in coping because unlike those without faith in Christ, we don’t have to wallow in self-pity and indulge in self-destructing vices to cope with our problems. The peace of God will keep us calm as we watch our God work on our behalf.
In the end, we will become immortals…living in God’s presence forever and ever in worship but first, we must overcome this world and everything it represents. So, whenever you’re going through a tough time and you feel beaten down and ready to give up, remember who you are in Christ. A place is being prepared for you for eternity. No suffering we endure in this world can compare to the glory we will receive when we appear before our Heavenly Father.
In all things, be thankful. Pray for those who are mean to you. Keep an attitude of praise and contentment even in the roller coaster of this life. Be generous, forgiving, in control of your emotions and pleasant. You are a child of the King!
© Josephine Amoako 2019