Romans 8:28-39 is a go-to passage for anyone who needs assurance because it explains so clearly why we can trust God’s love, and how far that love will reach.
In this episode of Christianity 101 we explore Romans 8:18-27, a glimpse at Your Future Glory. Your life may look like challenge after challenge, and you may be weighed down and not wanting to get out of bed in the mornings, but this passage is going to encourage you and get your eyes off your circumstances onto what God’s got planned for your future.
In this episode of Christianity 101 we explore Romans 8:1-17, what it means to have the Holy Spirit living in us.
Nerf darts are flying everywhere. I try my best to dash through the area, but I find that the entire church basement is setup like a war zone, filled with grade 6 boys shooting at each other with their nerf guns while playing some version of Capture The Flag. Not too long into the game, suddenly a number of Rubbermaid containers are emptied into a corner, and now “mobile tanks” move past me as a barrage of darts fly past my knees making the containers sound like a set of drums. When the party’s over, while we drive home, my son gets my attention and summarizes his 12 year old birthday party to me. He says, “Best birthday party, every!” Great summary. It’s a lot like the summary we find in today’s text.
Is it just me, or does it look like the world has been flipped upside down?! People seem to be celebrating things that should be mourned, and shunning things that should be embraced as priorities. Honestly, the Spirit is groaning along with the rest of creation about the current state of decay and sin. The Spirit is longing for the resolution of God’s plan of salvation more than we are. And, the Spirit is helping us to endure while we wait patiently for Jesus’ return and the resurrection.
As a parent of four kids I know that life is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. A gruelling, uphill, 24/7, sleepless marathon. Kids learn slowly, grow slowly, and it takes many of the best years of our lives to get them standing on their own. So, as a parent, I think I understand what Paul teaches us in Romans about the marathon of life. Life isn’t a sprint, and some of the more negative moments suck some of the best years from our lives. However, there is a finish line that we’re heading to that makes the marathon worth it…
I used to love Toys R Us when my kids were smaller. Believe it or not, they had no idea that we could buy the toys and take them home. For a short time (too short), they treated it just like another playground. I wish that lasted a little longer because these days I find myself saying, “No,” often when asked to purchase a toy, or an app, or a device. Children carry a significant cost to them, and I need to be grown up enough to know how to manage that cost. Similarly, choosing Jesus carries a significant cost, and I need to be grown up enough to be able manage the cost of my own choice to follow Jesus.
We were cold, huddling together in a room with the door closed, laying under layers of blankets, warming ourselves by candles. The ice storm that took out the power to a large part of Southern Ontario took out our heat. When 3am came and our youngest started jumping around in her crib (her version of jumping jacks to keep warm), we were reminded of how dependant we are on electricity. Todays text, however, reminds us that we are more dependant on the Holy Spirit.
As a Believer, how can you be so confident that all the pain and sacrifices that you endure for Jesus is really worth it? Why wouldn’t you, a Believer, choose to accept everything that’s considered normal by people who are not Believers? There are some great answers to those two questions found in Romans 8:9-11.