Friday, February 18, 2011

Delayed Gratification

I read an article today on Crosswalk.com and here is an excerpt from the article:

This life, precious gift and serious responsibility that it is, is not our reward. Our reward comes later - after this life. As a pregnancy ends in giving way to new life, our life here eventually gives way to eternal life - and we will experience this new life in a way we can now only imagine; living in God's presence, in perfection, and in community with all of the other Christ-followers who have come before us.

I think the thing that stuck out most to me, as a Christian, is "as a pregnancy ends in giving way to new life, our life here eventually give way to eternal life".  I have only 1 child so far and my pregnancy was very difficult. The life I have had so far on this earth has not been easy.  Now there is a certain amount of ease in my life because God has settled me.  But even within this ease there is a struggle, a degree of discomfort, an opposition.  These various internal conflicts will not go away on this side of eternity.  As long as I live in this flesh on this earth these things will be a part of every single day of my life and it is in a sense like a very long pregnancy.  But it's nice to know that this pregnancy will one day be over and will give birth to something greater than anything I've ever experienced or could ever imagine.  Trouble don't last always and that's comforting.  
Romans 8:18-19:
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.
  1. Romans 8:20
    For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope;
  2. Romans 8:21
    because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
    Romans 8:22
    For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.


It is exciting to know that all of creation is waiting for this amazing event to happen. 

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