From Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus. God chose me to be an apostle, and he appointed me to preach the good news that he promised long ago by what his prophets said in the holy Scriptures. This good news is about his Son, our Lord Jesus Christ! As a human, he was from the family of David. But the Holy Spirit proved that Jesus is the powerful Son of God, because he was raised from death. Jesus was kind to me and chose me to be an apostle, so that people of all nations would obey and have faith. You are some of those people chosen by Jesus Christ. This letter is to all of you in Rome. God loves you and has chosen you to be his very own people. I pray that God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ will be kind to you and will bless you with peace!
Jesus became what you are so that you can become what He is! The Good News of Jesus Christ will be completed in your life when you stand before the throne of God and fall down to worship Him forever!
Everything that happens on this earth is a stepping stone on the path to that goal! When you close your eyes in death and open them to the glory of the throne room in Heaven you will understand everything! Even though you could not be saved without the Cross, it is not the Cross that we worship! We worship the One who hung on that Cross! It is not the resurrection of Jesus that we adore. We adore the One who was resurrected.
Many Christians are like Abraham would have been had he stopped on the way to the Promised Land and decided he would go no further! Wherever you are in your walk with Jesus on this earth, never forget that there is more, much more! The goal is not a happy, fulfilled and peaceful life on this earth as a follower of Jesus. The goal is being with Jesus forever in Heaven! Until you are there with Him, you have not arrived!
“Lord Jesus, help me to be contented and at peace with You today, but not with the world around me. As someone once wrote: ‘This world is not my home, I am just passing through.’ Lord, may that Day come soon, when I will stand before Your throne and be with You, face to face forever. Amen.”