We have also obtained access through him by faith into grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. ~ Romans 5.2
Genuine Christians are a distinctive group of people, set apart by God and set apart from the world. It is a difference that is often manifested outwardly that makes Christians appear distinctive from those around them. It is seen in general attitudes, general activities, and general responses. How is it that Christians can appear so different from those around them? Paul explains in Romans 5:2 that we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.
First, Christians have hope. After discussing the justification of a believer by the work of Christ in verse one, Paul continues to discuss the believers hope of the glory of God. Those words are significant because they indicate a faith in God. It is a hope that is grounded in the glory of who God is. However, even more, it is also a faith that looks forward to the future when God is glorified. It indicates a complete trust in God that He will be faithful to complete his promises (as he has continuously demonstrated throughout history).
However, that Christian hope also leads to something else. Christians rejoice. They find joy and are able to convey that joy through their attitudes. The joy is not a wavering happiness, but something that is stable and endures forever because it is a joy that is rooted comes directly from one’s hope in God.
When we have a hope in a God who is unchanging, neither does our joy change. Therefore, as Christians, we live mindful of who God is eagerly anticipating the revelation of his full glory because in it we find a joy that is complete. As there are professing Christians who keep looking towards (and even predicting) the end of the world, for us, it’s not the end of the world we await, it’s the return of Christ, and in that we have complete joy. May that be a motivation for your week in whatever you do, do it for the glory of the Lord with an expectation of his return.