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Because if you’re in Jesus, right now you’re just an acorn, but you’re going to be an oak tree one day.

1 Corinthians 15.35-37

“But someone will say, “How are the dead raised? What kind of body will they have when they come?” Foolish one! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. And as for what you sow—you are not sowing the future body, but only a seed, perhaps of wheat or another grain.”

Your body and your mind and your emotions and experience of the world; these things, everything that makes up your sense of self, are like a tiny seed compared to what you will be. You can’t even imagine what it will be like when you’re with Christ, and all the brokenness of now is gone, and you’ve become everything God made you to be.

1 Corinthians 2.9

“What eye did not see and ear did not hear, and what never entered the human mind—God prepared this for those who love Him.”

So much changes when your life becomes united with Jesus that there’s a sense in which, even now, we don’t even know who we really are – only God does.

Colossians 3.2-4

“Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”

If you trust Jesus for salvation, trust him for this, too – he knows who you are better than you do, and as broken as you may feel in this world, when he comes back and makes you new, he will not get it wrong. Your new body and your sinless self will not disappoint you. And as Paul says, no matter how broken our bodies or minds in this world …

Romans 8.18

“I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”

You will be perfectly loved, you will be utterly at peace with God, and with everyone else, and you will experience a joy that grows every day, forever. Sexual expression and relationships like marriage won’t exist as they do now, because they are just pictures, and the reality they just hint at will be ours – a relationship of love and intimacy with God beyond our wildest imaginings.

Revelation 21.3-5

‘And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.”’

06 October 2016