For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Rory McIlroy had the most profitable Sunday in PGA Tour history yesterday when he won the FedEx Cup and its $15,000,000 payday. Rory started the week in the fifth position and already five strokes behind the leader Justin Thomas.
One day soon, we as the believers of Jesus Christ will have the most profitable day in our spiritual history. We do not yet know the hour, nor the day or if it will happen by way of the rapture or the grave. We don’t even know the exact extent of our payday other than we will dwell with our Savior for all of eternity. The saved will shed no more tears, have no worries, withstand any trials, or experience any more three putts. We will be forever united with our saved family and friends who have gone on before us. The iconic men and women who we have read about in the scriptures will be present and among us. The truths of Christ’s teachings will be fully revealed.
Heaven is the “expected end” for those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Our ultimate salvation will occur at this “end.” It will mark the end of the covenant of grace and the end of the faith on earth for the believer. We have faith that Jesus died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins and defeated the grave by rising on the third day. Further, we have faith here on earth that Christ will soon return for all believers, but this faith will be fully realized and culminate at His appearing.
Some refer to this glorious “expected end” as “numerous posterity.” The believer will be fully redeemed by Christ at His appearing. Our flawed bodies will be transformed and perfected. As mentioned earlier, our minds and bodies will not longer be tormented by the effects of sin. It is difficult to imagine winning $15 million one day for playing a sport. However, it is just as difficult for the lost to comprehend the saving “expected end” of our salvation. With this end result, we are promised something this world has proved incapable of offering – peace. There are external and internal strivings with man in this life. The “expected end” is the culmination of our acceptance of Jesus Christ, which will in actuality be the beginning of our new life. Money, fame, and earthly riches will never be the expectation in the life of the believer. We faithfully serve Christ because of what He selflessly did for us. A large bank account can endure for a lifetime, but not for eternity. Our “big haul” is profitable as we have the promised result of eternal riches. Do you have this “great expectation”?