ROMANS 8:17-27 SEEING LIFE THROUGH GOD’S EYES
“The best is yet to come!”
In Romans Paul is building a picture of the “normal Christian life”.
He is showing us who we were, who we now are in Christ and who we can become if we co-operate with the process.
Last time we saw that, as Christians, the Holy Spirit comes to live within us.
We are no longer alone.
His role is to change us from the inside out. To work slowly within us changing our heart of stone into a heart of flesh.
He continually speaks to us and guides us.
As we respond to His work, by spending time in the Word of God so He can speak to us, and by placing ourselves into healthy environments, THEN He is able to work within us powerfully!
Today, I want to spend some more time looking at other ways the Holy Spirit works within us.
SEEING LIFE THROUGH GOD’S EYES … GETTING LIFE INTO PERSPECTIVE.
1. HARDSHIP IS PART OF THE DEAL.
Vs. 17-18 Suffering is part of life in a broken world.
Many of us have been sold a lie.
We have been led to believe that when Jesus comes into our lives, all our problems will simply vanish away.
This is just not true.
Yes, God does deal with things in our lives and circumstances.
He does heal, restore, change & transform in so many ways.
He does amazing miracles in us and in our lives.
BUT life does go on as well!
Paul accepts the existence of suffering.
Vs. 17 “if indeed we share in his (Christ’s) sufferings”
Vs. 18 “our present sufferings”
We will share in Christ’s sufferings.
What does that mean?
How did Christ suffer?
Rejection, disappointment, frustration, betrayal, gossip, opposition, bad attitudes, lies, people not responding, physical pain & torment, unfair treatment, The why’s of life and no answers, hatred, unkindness, etc.
Paul, and the disciples suffered the same things.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 “light afflictions”
What were some of Paul’s “light afflictions”.
Stonings, whippings, imprisonment, falsely accused, shipwrecked, hungry, rejected, the weight of the ministry etc.
Why does such suffering happen?
Suffering is the result of living in a broken environment.
This world is still broken.
The people around us are broken.
We are still broken in so many ways … even though we are being fixed!
We are still in the hands of broken people.
Hurt people hurt people!
How could Paul call all these things “light afflictions”?
2 Corinthians 4:18 “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen”
What was Paul looking at? What did he see?
2. HARDSHIP IS PART OF THE DEAL … BUT IT IS NOT THE END OF THE STORY!
Vs. 17 “share in His glory”
Vs. 18 “the glory that will be revealed in us”
We will also share in Christ’s glory.
Our present sufferings ARE NOT WORTH COMPARING with the glory that will be revealed in us!
LIFT UP YOUR EYES AND SEE! There is so much more than what we have.
Vs. 19 Even creation is living in expectation of what we will become.
Vs. 20-21 Creation’s liberation is linked to our coming freedom & glory.
We are a key part of the redemption story.
THE BEST IS YET TO COME!
What we are now IS NOTHING TO WHAT IS COMING!
God has great plans for us.
This broken world as we know it, is not the real part of the story … it is just the introduction.
The great story is yet to come!
Vs. 23 We have the first fruits now.
1 John 4:4 “greater is He who is in you than he that is in the world”
The main harvest is yet to come.
Vs. 26-27 The Holy Spirit works in us & helps us during this time.
He prays for us … intercedes for us.
If you are struggling today , and we all do… the Holy Spirit is praying for you.
The Holy Spirit within you calls out to God on your behalf.
• He knows what you are struggling with.
• He knows what you need.
• He knows what your limitations are & He is continually praying for you.
We have a helper.
We have a friend.
We have one who not only works within us to change us from the inside out, but also continually prays to God on our behalf.
He wants us to make it!
He wants us to reach our potential.
Lift up your eyes and see.
God is with you. He is for you. He is working on your behalf.
THE BEST IS YET TO COME!