Based in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Growing in Grace is a blog by Pastor Matthew Molesky. His posts explore the Bible, theology, ecclesiology, culture, books, family, and life.

The Weight Of Glory

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I realize if you are a person in the midst of difficulty, bromides tossed indiscriminately upon your ears are miles from helpful. So, I suppose, it could be considered risky to  merely quote some words below regarding putting your situation in a larger perspective.  

That would be true if they were my words. But they are not. They are the living, active, Holy Spirit inspired words that come through the life and experience of the Apostle Paul. A snippet of his life? Read on... 

[I have lived] with far greater labors, far more imprisonments, with countless beatings, and often near death. Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one. 
Three times I was beaten with rods.
Once I was stoned.
Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea; on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers; in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. 
And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches.
Who is weak, and I am not weak?
(2 Corinthians 11:23-29, ESV)

Let that sink in for a moment. Maybe read it again. Paul has street cred, he's been through the wringer. He is familiar with suffering, trial, and difficulty. So it is no bromide when he writes...

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
(Romans 8:18, ESV)

And now, as you hear these two testimonies from this faithful follower, you get that Paul understands his life, his experience, in the larger picture of his identity, standing, and sure future glory as a follower of Jesus Christ.

Thus, at least one lesson for you, my friend: you need to meditate upon, understand, and embrace the reality of the future glory promised you in and through Jesus in order to endure your present suffering.

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A Simple, But Profound, Encouragement For The Weak

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