Friday, April 11, 2003

Edifier du Jour-Romans 8:18-25(NIV)
18I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. 20For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. 22We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? 25But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
Our sermon on Sunday, which we reviewed in our home group last night, was looking at this passage, focusing on the "Now and the Not Yet." A old hymn comes to mind; "Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine. Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine." We get, via the Holy Spirit and via our siblings in Christ, a small sample of what Heaven will be like. However, it's not only future rewards that we receive. There is a peace that we can't get on our own. There is guidance that we can't get on our own. There is healing that we can't get on our own. Our investment in God is a growth-and-income stock. Unlike some investment, it pays dividends today. However, you have an even bigger payoff down the line in eternal life with God. When the "income" looks meager compared to the troubles you are facing, remember the capital gains you're racking up in Heaven.

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