As we continue to grow in our Christian lives, we experience the matchless honor of receiving the impartation of His character. We know His everlasting love for others because it is burning in our own hearts (2), and though we are nothing before Him, we can do all things through Him (3). Our communion with Him takes us beyond our human limitations, and we become an expression of His Person to those around us. We become living vessels revealing the mind, power and love of a living God to those who have never known Him.
God truly “works all things together for good.” There may be times when we will serve Him by sowing the Gospel in tears, but God has promised that we will always “reap in joy” (Psalms 126:5). There may be times when we will have to go forth weeping, bearing the precious seed of the Gospel. But the Word reassures us that we will return with rejoicing in our hearts (4).
At the end of the road, we shall see that these heartaches have worked for us and for others a “far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” (II Corinthians 4:17b). All of heaven will look back with us, shouting and rejoicing, because a single life was committed to the praise and glory of God.