Appear with Him in Glory

On my plane rides to Cannon Beach, OR, I picked up John Ortberg’s The Me I Want to Be. It is a great book, so much to take in as assistance to transformation and discipleship.

Ortberg is a master of rich thoughts and illustrations. Many of his books have been meaningful to so many. In one section of the book, he mentions a passage from Colossians 3:4, “When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.”

Ortberg comments, “What does it mean that you will appear with him ‘in glory?’ It means the day is coming when it will be a glorious thing to be you.” (68)

Think about that. There is a lot of truth there. The natural rhythm of our lives is to somehow cover up, minimize, or even deny who we really are. We are not comfortable with ourselves. Some theologies would say that we need to completely lose ourselves.

What if God wants to transform us to that it is the best thing to be ourselves?

That is a liberating thought. Perhaps that is the reason that perfect love casts out all fear… even the fear to be myself.



Published by joeskillen

I'm a husband, dad of 2, Pastor at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Wichita, KS.

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