Day 29: Saturday, October 29, 2016

Rapture Drill ~ Devotions

Day 29

Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. ~ Philippians 3:21

 

Joni Eareckson Tada was rendered a quadriplegic in a diving accident as a teenager. She’s spent the last few decades bound to a wheelchair, unable even to feed and clothe herself. In her many books she has often shared the frustration of having to live as an invalid, depending on others to take care of her needs. But Joni is a unique, Spirit-filled Christian with a perspective that few could comprehend. She writes, “Somewhere in my broken, paralyzed body is the seed of what I shall become. The paralysis makes what I am to become all the more grand when you contrast atrophied, useless legs against splendorous resurrected legs.”

Joni understands the temporal nature of our existence, and her hope is in something much grander. Instead of mourning her lot in life, she chooses to focus on her future glory. That’s where she finds her strength and resolve. And through that strength, she has been able to touch the lives of countless people with similar disabilities.

No matter who you are, you have to find comfort in

Paul’s words to the Philippians: “We are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. . . . He will take these weak mortal bodies of ours and change them into glorious bodies like his own” (Philippians 3:20-21). I still have several decades of living ahead of me (Lord willing), yet I already feel the strain of wear and tear on my body. Often my bones ache in places where I didn’t know I had bones, and the print in my Bible appears smaller by the day. I can only hope that the Lord will take me before my body completely falls apart. But I don’t worry too much about it because I know that God has greater plans for us all. And Joni Tada knows it even better than I: “I’m convinced that if there are mirrors in heaven, the image I’ll see will be unmistakably ‘Joni,’ although a much better, brighter Joni. . . . I will bear the likeness of Jesus.”

To be like Jesus! How much sweeter could heaven possibly get?

 

Daily Readings:

  • 1 Corinthians 15:51-58
John McSharry

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