Adveniat Regnum = Glory Days
Adveniat Regnum = Kingdom Come in Latin
PART ONE OF SIX
“Glory days, well they”ll pass you by, Glory days, in the wink of a young girl’s eye, Glory days, Glory days” (Lyrics from Glory Days by Bruce Springstein, the cover picture is the album Born in the U.S.A., in case you did not recognize). You are welcome. I know you are singing that song right now and just might have it stuck in your head all day.
When I say glory days, what do you think of?
Your mind might flash back to the football field, playing for a team like the Conroe Tigers or Mexia Blackcats. Maybe you were in the band, or the FFA, or student government, a cheerleader, or in drill team. We think back to our “glory days” with fond memories.
The first thing I think of is my first game on the varsity baseball team as a 15 year-old. I came in to pitch relief with the bases loaded and the other team’s all-state senior shortstop up to bat. I got him out and we got out of the inning, so I was probably feeling like pretty hot stuff at the time; you know, the stuff glory days are made of.
No matter what you think your glory days are, I want to tell you that God has something much bigger for you. Previously, I shared the story of Porter Barrington sitting with a dying friend (https://wordpress.com/block-editor/post/cotidie.blog/432). Reverend Barrington did not name his friend, but for the purposes of this blog, we will call him Clarence (remember that name).
You see, Clarence had to go back to his glory days for an offering, back when he first met Christ. His spiritual birthday was the biggest accomplishment in his life. He accepted Jesus as Savior, but was saved “only as through fire,” as 1 Corinthians 3:15 says.
Let me ask you this…..Was your birthday the biggest achievement of your life? You really did not have much to do with it, did you? It was an important day, no doubt, for without being born nothing else would have been possible. In the same way, our spiritual birthday is of utmost importance. We can look back and celebrate what God has done for us and that date points squarely to Jesus. However, this is the starting line for us. It is the glorious day we met Jesus.
We cannot stay there, however. We cannot focus only on the starting line for there is a race still to run.
My good friend and favorite preacher Jerry Vineyard once preached on the Bema Seat of Christ, which is the judgment seat for believers, where believers will be judged not for their sins, but for all they have done or not done for the body of Christ, the Church.
Place your hand on your heart right now. Feel that beat? That is called a purpose. You are alive for a reason. Don’t give up! Don’t stay at the starting line. If you feel like you have no hope or no purpose; hope is still alive and His name is Jesus Christ. He is the reason-the sooner you realize that the better.
“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).
We must have a Kingdom mindset and realize our day of salvation is but the starting line. And our time here on Earth is not all there is.
Just for today, meditate on this truth.
Tune in tomorrow for Part Two..