For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. Romans 8:18
“The glory which shall be revealed in us”? God has a secret, there is something glorious that has been hidden from the eyes of the world. It is currently mostly invisible but occasionally it has been allowed to be seen. It’s not the glory of God, nor the glory of heaven, but the glory is revealed in us. It’s not an individual honor not one person can reveal this glory, but in us, we together, are to display glory. This particular glory is something unattainable if searched for individually, we must get there corporately. For instance, gold has value by itself, so do jewels. Joining precious metals and jewels together in an artistic way will greatly increases their value as well as imparting more meaning. Engagement and wedding rings seal a covenant, a crown signifies authority, other pieces of jewelry and art may tell a story or imply a message or symbolically deepen meaning. A piece of fine jewelry has more glory than unrefined gold and uncut diamonds. Each of us goes through a refining and shaping process, but then we also are to be joined together in a meaningful way.
Every person has value never to be discounted, but each one of us desires a greater meaning to life than individual fulfillment. We long to know where we fit, where we belong, what the big picture looks like and what part we each have in it all. Many have given up on this life having a purpose, while others hold on to a vague sense that there is a purpose but that it is a mystery they hasn’t had a profound impact upon their lives. A few have discovered their eternal purpose and have begun to live lives different from most in this culture.
The 17 verses leading up to the glory which shall be revealed in us, of Romans 8 contrasts living according to the flesh with being led by the Spirit. The same Spirit raised Christ from the dead also led Him to the arrest, the beatings, the crown of thorns, the nails and sword piercing his body, and the torture that was the cross. For us as well, being led by the Spirit may lead to suffering, at the very least the putting to death the deeds of the flesh. However horrible suffering can be in this life, from an eternal perspective it is with a well worth “the glory that will be revealed in us.”
Open our eyes, Lord, to see not only our own individual value, but the masterpiece that you are fashioning us into.