Monday, June 8, 2009
Today’s devotion is taken from a recent post on Pastor Greg’s blog. To read his latest blog entry, click here.
God’s Trade-In Deal
Our bodies now disappoint us, but when they are raised, they will be full of glory. They are weak now, but when they are raised, they will be full of power.
—1 Corinthians 15:43
Did you know that the Lord has an amazing trade-in deal in store for you? That’s right; you are going to trade in your existing body, with its aches and pains, for the newest model.
Of course, that is not a perfect analogy, because there will be a link between your old body and your new one.
Here are some thoughts about the new body God has for you when you get to heaven.
Your memory will be clearer!
The blueprints for our glorified bodies are in the bodies we now possess.
Heaven is the Earthly life of the believer, glorified and perfected. When we pass over to the other side, our minds and our memories will be clearer then ever before.
As the apostle Paul writes: “Our bodies now disappoint us, but when they are raised, they will be full of glory. They are weak now, but when they are raised, they will be full of power. They are natural human bodies now, but when they are raised, they will be spiritual bodies” (1 Corinthians 15:43-44).
No sinful tendencies
This simply means that our new bodies will be the same as our old bodies in some ways, and different in other ways, but without question radically improved!
No more physical disabilities. No signs of age and no sinful tendencies.
A great quote
Joni Erickson Tada is a quadriplegic who has glorified God despite her disability, which was the result of a diving accident in her youth.
In her book Heaven: Your Real Home, she writes about the new bodies God has for us:
“No more bulging middles or balding tops. No varicose veins or crow’s feet. No more cellulite or support hose. Forget the ‘thunder thighs’ and highway hips.
Just a quick leapfrog over the tombstone, and it’s the body you’ve always dreamed of. Fit and trim, smooth and sleek.”
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Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.
- This life will have its sorrows
- God loves us
- Jesus weeps in our times of pain
- God can be glorified through human suffering
Hope for Hurting Hearts, Pastor Greg Laurie’s new book, examines these truths, revealing God’s love and care for us, and shows how we can find hope, even in the midst of the most unbearable pain and sorrow.