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Adventurously Expectant!

Many of us are waiting. We are unsettled. Why? It may be that our focus needs to be readjusted. Ponder these words from Paul found in Romans 8:

This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with him, then we’re certainly going to go through the good times with him!

That’s why I don’t think there’s any comparison between the present hard times and the coming good times. The created world itself can hardly wait for what’s coming next. Everything in creation is being more or less held back. God reins it in until both creation and all the creatures are ready and can be released at the same moment into the glorious times ahead. Meanwhile, the joyful anticipation deepens.

All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. But it’s not only around us; it’s within us. The Spirit of God is arousing us within. We’re also feeling the birth pangs. These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don’t see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy. Romans 8:15-25 The Message*

Paul is reminding us of who we are and what we need to refocus on. How do we do this?  Steer ourselves away from “SELF”.  Look around – what is God asking us to consider during our wait?  It will not involve what we think we want or deserve.

John 4:36 reminds us that, “The Harvester isn’t waiting. He’s taking his pay; gathering in this grain that’s ripe for eternal life.”

Luke 12:35 emphasizes the same reminder. “Keep your shirts on; keep the lights on! Be like house servants waiting for their master to come back from his honeymoon, awake and ready to open the door when he arrives and knocks. Lucky the servants who the Master finds on watch”.

These Words from God remind us to be prepared for the return of Jesus – it could happen at any moment and we want to be doing what is right and good when that time occurs. Those who are ripe will be harvested.

So during the “Wait” of this season, we should be in preparation for eternal living. How do we do that? By living each day at a time – doing the next “right” thing.


*Scripture quotations marked MSG are taken from THE MESSAGE, copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson. Used by permission of NavPress. All rights reserved. Represented by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

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