Have you ever thought the "glory days" were those first years when you first delighted in the mercies of Christ toward sinners, when everything was new and you could not find enough time to read the Bible and discuss theology and pray for friends and family? Having you ever started to believe that your faith, hope and love are now in a holding pattern where you will keep what you have but receive no more?
If you think the most fruitful days of your Christian life are behind you, I have some good news for you: God says otherwise.
In his second letter to the Corinthian church the apostle Paul says, “Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day” (2 Corinthians 4:16, emphasis mine).
This is a lightening bright truth for all Christians but especially those who have been in the faith for many years. It means that God does not use just one day or one year or one season of life to do all He wills to do with you. The measure of grace that God has apportioned to you corresponds to the number of your years, or, to be most accurate, to the number of your days.
This means God is graciously at work in your life today and will be tomorrow, renewing, refining, strengthening, illuminating, solidifying, and finishing what He began in you.
His work of grace in you was not completed at your last church or after hearing those first 500 sermons or after enduring that unprecedented affliction of several years ago or after that great victory over a besetting sin just last year.
God has completed your justification before Him but not your sanctification. The tap on His renewing and transforming grace is open this very day. Tomorrow too.
Paul's encouragement to the Corinthians also means something else. It means that yesterday’s regrets have no power to stop God today. As the prophet Jeremiah says: “His compassions never fail. They are new every morning.”
Humble sinners need not ever fear that God will tire of their making such poor use of yesterday's graces. His compassions never fail. He is never ornery nor stingy when His lowly and contrite children draw near.
What these truths of God mean for us at Apple Valley is simple: God has fresh plans for each of us. There are fresh repairs God desires to make. There is fresh renewal God desires to give. New victories over specific sins are coming. New convictions against long-ignored sins are coming. New zeal to serve others in the most lowly ways is coming. New fervency in prayer is coming. New kindness toward enemies is coming. New knowledge of the depths of Christ's love is coming. New disciplines for daily living are coming. New convictions about biblical truth is coming. New delight in and obedience to the Savior who is making all things new is coming. New confidence that God will never leave you nor forsake you is coming.