We have not arrived just because we’re better than we used to be. There is a greater glory available to those that will venture from the comfort and predictability of yesterday’s glory. Yesterday’s glory, however, has a time limit. Once the time limit runs out, we’ll find ourselves stuck in the muck of faded glory. Once it’s over, if we won’t leave then we’ll limit our story to a remnant of the promise which was intended for our lives.
The previous or current glory is real. There was promise in this promised land which was fulfilled, rich and satisfying. We are sojourners, however, and not settlers. We are not to build fortifications of religion with the spoils of the promise. We are called to greater and greater, still.
We will believe that our deliverance into the promised land of yesterday’s glory is our destination unless we have vision for the fullness of resting in Him. Hebrews 4: 8-10 tells us, “For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his.”
Joshua had led God’s people to their promised land. They conquered giants and occupied that land. But that wasn’t the end of their story. Jesus was coming. Jesus is the promise of rest from their works. The destination was and is to rest in Him, not in the circumstances of His promises. If we stop short of resting in Him, we find ourselves relying on our works to preserve our promised land.
- There is no end to relationship as relationship with Jesus is eternal; there is no accomplishment so there is no work
- When we settle for the land of yesterday’s promise, we no longer need relationship, we simply practice religion to maintain the status quo
- Religion is repetitive for the sake of preservation while relationship demands the vulnerability that comes with change
- Religion works to protect our possessions while relationship relies on His provision of His promises
He’ll take us into a deeper rest if we’ll depart from our place of promise to go with Him to the greater glory. The cost is the predictability of the known promised land we have come to enjoy. That enjoyment becomes idolatry if it takes us from relationship with the One that delivered on the promise in the first place.