Daily tribulations are used by God to transform us. In addition, through them we also know the Lord intimately, gain experience to help others, serve the church, and preach the gospel. When we add to our gospel preaching our experience of transformation, the gospel begins to carry more weight because we experience what it can do in one’s life.
God’s salvation is broader than we think. It isn`t only meant to save us from eternal death, but also from our impatience, moodiness, anger, bitterness, screams and many other negative elements that bring harm not only to us, but especially to the people around us, such as our family, friends and brothers in the church. Sometimes these problems are so usual that we don`t even perceive them as sins. When this happens, the world subtly invades our lives and the mundane way of life gains space. For this reason, we need to be saved from our natural constitution, which is part of our ego. We need to be saved from self-centeredness, the need for everything to revolve around us and our will. Instead of pursuing our own interests, we need to develop empathy for people, feeling love for them. We can`t be individualistic; instead we should blend with the brothers to learn from each other and to build together. All this refers to the salvation we need to experience daily.
As we have seen, tribulations produce suffering, but aren`t comparable with the glory that will be revealed in us (Rom. 8:18). The glory that the Lord will manifest will be the result of what He has wrought in us. Today, all creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God be reveled (vv. 19-21). We can no longer delay this big day. While we wait, the creation groans. She can`t wait for another generation. We cannot be like that generation that, after leaving Egypt, wandered through the desert because they murmured and couldn`t enjoy the experiences the Lord allowed them to pass into their maturity.
” We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies “(Ro 8: 22-23). See how many expectations there are about us. We must take this matter seriously and seek to mature.
The manifestation of the glory of God’s children will not only occur in the outward aspect of our being, which results in the transformation of our corruptible body into a body of glory, but in the transformation of our inner being. This can be compared to completing a building work. On the one hand, we have the facade, which has to do with the exterior, on the other, we have the internal structure of the building, with its corridors, corridors, where quality materials and so many other features that beautify the interior should be used. When the Lord comes at His second coming, He will glorify our body; In other words, our “facade” will display the glory of God. Our body of humiliation will be changed by a body of glory (Philippians 3:21). This will be the final conclusion of God’s work after He has worked within us, which is our soul, throughout our lives.
Unfortunately, however, when the Lord comes, some Christians will have their “facade” finished, but the interior will be incomplete. They will have to undergo a thousand years of God’s work within them to complete the work of glorification. Let us remain attentive to this discourse and take advantage of the present time the Lord gives us so that He may work in us and lead us to glorification.