Under Duress or Filled with Gratitude

One generation shall laud your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. Psalm 145:4

Every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2: 11

I recently listened to an interview of Rosaria Butterfield, a former LGBT proponent who was brought to faith in Jesus Christ and is now married to a pastor. She speaks of being converted, but not from lesbianism to heterosexuality, but from unbeliever to follower of Jesus Christ. She expresses quite eloquently the struggle against sin, the blessed identity we have as image-bearers, and the impact of living under the rule and reign of Christ. Her contention is that original sin corrupts every part of our being – even our motives for doing good. 

As I read the passages above, and reflect on her insights I am struck with the idea of how delightful it will be to confess Jesus Christ as Lord on the Last Day, when the sinful nature will be completely done away with. How grateful I will be to shed this body of sin and be clothed in the righteousness of Christ, in a new glorified body, and a heart no longer struggling with sin. 

When we pray, “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,” we are praying for that day. We are praying for the time when sin has lost its luster and its ability to hide beneath even the most godly-appearing actions. We are praying for that time when God is glorified by everyone – some under duress, others filled with eternal joy and gratitude. 

In the mean time we who know Christ’s love and mercy delight in his goodness and ways, and have the opportunity to honor him as we declare to all people the works, mighty acts, merciful love, and ultimate victory of Jesus Christ over sin, death, and the devil. 

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