Tuesday, July 25

Romans 8:12-25 (ESV)

Heirs with Christ

12 So then, brothers,[a] we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons[b] of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

Future Glory

18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.


Reflection

Mic Drop. Paul does it again; leaving us with chills and plenty

of material to contemplate. He is massively ahead of his time

here with the worldview he displays to the readers. He forces us

to think bigger than just our corner of the world, and consider

creation as a whole. While it may seem natural to think of our

suffering as a personal issue, Paul puts it in a global context. For

me, this is a large part of what it means to be humble. We must

understand our place in the world, and how we all fit into the

same puzzle of this universe. It means that we understand that

nothing—nothing!—compares to “the glory that is to be

revealed to us.” We have no possible way of understanding fully

at this point, so we must not make too much of current

situations. All of creation together—humans, trees, squirrels,

venus fly traps—have been “subjected to futility,” but together

we will be freed from suffering, corruption, pain, and its root,

sin. When you groan, groan not for your own pain, but because

the world is in pain. And when you see pain, know that it was

sin that inspired it. And when you see sin, shudder at how

unspeakably horrible this is towards a God of Love and toward a

world that needs more love. We are called to be a part of the

solution to this mess by not seeking personal gain, but by

thinking much bigger than that, and becoming “fellow heirs with

Christ.”


Prayer

God, help me to see more than what is right in front of me, and

to see the world the way that you see it. Help me to not lose

hope in your plan when I see or feel pain, but rather cause me to

grow in humility. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Written by Tucker Good

Interim Director of Youth and Family Ministries

tgood@stjohns-springfield.org