What a day!
As I was doing some devotional reading this morning I read the following from Charles Spurgeon and got so excited about it that I wanted to share it with you.
"Faultless before the presence of His glory." Jude 24
Revolve in your mind that wondrous word, faultless!" We are far off from it now; but as our Lord never stops short of perfection in His work of love, we shall reach it one day. The Saviour who will keep His people to the end, will also present them at last to Himself, as "a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing, but holy and without blemish." All the jewels in the Saviour's crown are of the first water and without a single flaw. All the maids of honour who attend the Lamb's wife are pure virgins without spot or stain. But how will Jesus make us faultless? He will wash us from our sins in His own blood until we are white and fair as God's purest angel; and we shall be clothed in His righteousness, that righteousness which makes the saint who wears it positively faultless; yea, perfect in the sight of God. We shall be unblameable and unreproveable even in His eyes. His law will not only have no charge against us, but it will be magnified in us. Moreover, the work of the Holy Spirit within us will be altogether complete. He will make us so perfectly holy, that we shall have no lingering tendency to sin. Judgment, memory, will--every power and passion shall be emancipated from the thraldom of evil. We shall be holy even as God is holy, and in His presence we shall dwell for ever. Saints will not be out of place in heaven, their beauty will be as great as that of the place prepared for them. Oh the rapture of that hour when the everlasting doors shall be lifted up, and we, being made meet for the inheritance, shall dwell with the saints in light. Sin gone, Satan shut out, temptation past for ever, and ourselves "faultless" before God, this will be heaven indeed! Let us be joyful now as we rehearse the song of eternal praise so soon to roll forth in full chorus from all the blood-washed host; let us copy David's exultings before the ark as a prelude to our ecstasies before the throne. (emphasis mine)
What a day it will be when "He will make us so perfectly holy, that we shall have no lingering tendency to sin." Isn't that tremendously exciting! I often think about how much we struggle against the thoughts, desires, attitudes, etc. that constantly remind us of our humanity and I long for the day that they are gone. The good news for believers of Jesus Christ is that while we struggle now, our struggle is worth it. We will be holy in the end.
Those of you who hear me speak often will know this phrase, because I constantly repeat it. I firmly believe it to be true, however. The phrase is "The reward is worth the sacrifice." Is life tough? Yes! Is the struggle against ungodliness almost unbearable at time? Yes! Is it true that we will not rest from that fight until Christ returns? Yes! In spite of all this, though, we press on knowing that "The reward is worth the sacrifice."