The Lord, Jesus Christ, will transform these humble bodies of ours into the likeness of his glorious body by means of that power by which he is able to subject all things to himself. Philippians 3:21.
O Life-changing God, our hearts rejoice that you bring your transforming power to bear for us. We delight in how you turned chaos into order at creation, making a place for us where we could flourish. We are amazed that when you created each of us, you gave us a spirit that transformed a blob of human tissue into your representatives on earth. And your grace has been apparent every day as we grew, even through our teenage years. Then wonder of wonders, when we were dead to you because of our sinful rebellion, you caused us to be born again by your Spirit through the gospel. We could not have imagined a greater change. Yet, you were not finished with us. Becoming more like Christ required more grace, more of your effort to enable us to experience and enjoy more of your holiness—your infinite, unexcelled and irreplaceable worth. So, we rejoice for the present and we rejoice for the future, confident of the most amazing transformation of all, our resurrection from death; confident that when he returns, we will become like him when we see him as he is. When we die, what we bury is perishable, but what you raise will be imperishable and glorious. Even if we don’t die, we will all be changed—in a moment, in the blinking of an eye, at the last trumpet the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. Hallelujah! Amen!