November 5 Devotional

I have always loved to play and watch sports all my life.  In the beginning of each season, every team I have been a part of made it the goal to reach the championship … to win it all … to go for the glory!  I have always been driven in my life to try to be the absolute best I could be.  It is funny because I never have been the best at any sport I have ever played.  I have been successful, but have always strived for the top … never quite making it.  That’s okay, because I have had a great time just in the competition of the games.


There is one other area of life that I know I will win.  I am already sure of the ultimate championship … Heaven.  I will touch Heaven one day because of what Jesus Christ has done for me.  Paul wrote it this way … “To Whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.  Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus” (Colossians 1:27-28).


The hope I have for “glory” is wrapped up totally, 100% in the Person and the work of Jesus Christ on my behalf.  I have done absolutely nothing to deserve the wonders of Heaven.  I have done everything required for separation from God in a Christ-less eternity.  In God’s truly amazing grace, He has provided for me and you a way to reach the ultimate championship, and to stand in the winner’s circle holding the trophy.  As the old hymn accurately states, we will cast any “trophies” at the feet of Jesus, because we recognize, He is our “Hope of Glory.”


God makes it extremely clear in His Word that there is only ONE way into Heaven.  There is not a “plan B” with God.  It is His way, or no way at all.  He has made it clear that that way is through Jesus Christ alone.  Because Jesus is the ONE and ONLY way into Heaven, we ought to be working at preaching, teaching and warning (as verse 28 says).  This is not time to keep quiet about the way to Heaven!  Knowing that Jesus is the only hope for glory, every believer ought to be preparing, or doing the work described here in this 28th verse.


There is an opportunity for everyone who has ever sinned, to have a Savior that invited “whosoever” to come to Him for forgiveness.  We should be preaching that whenever the opportunity arises.  We should be teaching this message to whoever will listen.  And we certainly should be warning all who are apart from Christ.  He is the ONLY hope of glory!