FROM GROANS TO GLORY
18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation eagerly waits with anticipation for God’s sons to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility — not willingly, but because of him who subjected it — in the hope 21 that the creation itself will also be set free from the bondage to decay into the glorious freedom of God’s children. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together with labor pains until now. 23 Not only that, but we ourselves who have the Spirit as the firstfruits — we also groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. 24 Now in this hope we were saved, but hope that is seen is not hope, because who hopes for what he sees? 25 Now if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with patience.
26 In the same way the Spirit also helps us in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with unspoken groanings. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because he intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
28 We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, so that he would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; and those he called, he also justified; and those he justified, he also glorified.
What we see in this portion of Romans 8 is that all of Creation waits and anticipates the coming glory that will be experienced when all things are fully united with God. Our hope in Christ for the future is the main source of our daily joy. Our hearts and minds should be stirred to excitement when we think of the glory and perfection we’ll experience when united with Christ. Here, life can be hard and we grow tired. But when we’re finally with Christ we’ll experience true rest for the first time ever. When we are united in glory we will enjoy full and final victory, temptation will end forever, and joy will be the constant emotional state we live in. Paul’s excitement for eternity motivated his daily joy and he’s encouraging the church in Rome, and us, to share in that excitement.
Today, really think about how amazing it will be to one day experience no sense of struggle or suffering. That is the reality that you as a Christian will live in for eternity.
But don’t just dream of the future and forget the present. Let the promise of future glory and perfection be the driving force behind your daily efforts to follow Jesus now.
Father, give me a true picture of what eternity will look like. Fill me with anticipation and excitement for the future that motivates me to worship you in the present.
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