Summary: Romans 8:18-27
18I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. 20For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.
22We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? 25But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
26In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. 27And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.
We talked last week about trials and suffering in this life, and how God builds us up through this to be stronger servants for Him. He also builds us up to be more like the image of His Son Jesus through these sufferings and trials. Life can get difficult, but we know that God is there to see us through it. The Holy Spirit is with us also to give us strength, direction and hope.
We must keep in mind one thing through all of this. This life we live is in no way any comparison to the life we are guaranteed in heaven.
Paul says in verse 18
Romans 8:18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
Our sufferings can in no way compare to the glory of that which we will be consumed by on the day we enter in to the kingdom of heaven.
I can tell you this, there is no word or words to describe the overwhelming love, joy, fullness, & completeness that we will experience on that day. We can in no way, shape or form begin to understand the feelings that we will be overcome by when we see our God and our King before us.
This worldly life of suffering we unfortunately are obligated to live, is trivial at best to what God has in store for us when we arrive to our new heavenly home.
But as we learned last week we are obligated to be servants of Christ while we are here, to help in the furthering of His kingdom, to endure with joy the trials that we will encounter in life.
To endure with joy the trials in life because we know with certainty that which we have waiting for us. That is where the joy should come from the certain knowledge of an eternal life with Christ. What could possibly depress us in this world knowing with certainty that fact?
Our life here on this world is so very short in comparison to the eternity we will spend in heaven.