So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power.
— 1 Corinthians 15:42-43
These verses from Paul describe what we have to look forward to when we die—a glorious new body. This body will be more ours than the one we have now, because it will be the perfect body we were always meant to have. We will finally be as God envisioned us in creation before the fall.
C. S. Lewis noted, “You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations—these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit—immortal horrors or everlasting splendours.”
This has strong implications for how we treat one another, in and out of the church. We cannot fail if we show love to everyone as much as possible. Think of all people as “in disguise.” We are not as we seem. Our true nature and our true self is what we will be eternally.
Question to ponder:
What do you look most forward to when you think of personal glorification?