Romans 8:18-19 “18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God.”
In Alice In Wonderland1, a lost Alice encounters the Chesire cat and inquires of him which way she should proceed.
“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” asks Alice.
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where–” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.
Knowing our destination determines the course of our actions. Paul understood that the only way for the early church to endure the difficulties, trials, and temptations being thrown at them was to focus on the final destination.
In this passage Paul is telling the church that the life that is to come, the glory that is to be revealed when at least we are at home with the Lord is so great, that it cannot even begin to compare with the life we have now.
Nothing you face, nothing you endure, nothing that tries to conquer and destroy you is even worthy to be compared to the glory that will come when you dwell with Him.
1Alice In Wonderland. Dire Clyde Geronimi. Walt Disney Pictures. 1951. Film.