Groaning for Glorious Times Ahead
Romans 8:18-27 (NASB)
The Question Of Life
Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.
2“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” 3What does man gain from all his labor at which he toils under the sun?
What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.
10Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless. 11As goods increase, so do those who consume them. And what benefit are they to the owner except to feast his eyes on them?
13 Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. 14For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.
Luke 12:15 (NIV)
…a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.
The Quest Of Life
18For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. 20For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope 21that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. 23And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. 24For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? 25But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it. 26In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; 27and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
John Henry Newman said, “Fear not that your life shall come to an end, but rather that it shall never have a beginning.”
We’re NOT a social gathering. God has called us to be a church.
Let’s invest our lives in eternal things, things which will never pass away, things which will usher in the Kingdom of God.