Church planter and extraordinary blogger Shawn Anthony of Lo-Fi Tribe tagged me for my favorite scripture passages. I am just now finally getting to this tag a couple weeks late, but here it is Shawn.
The following is one of the passages that I review often. Especially the idea of the "groanings" that our adoption in Christ produces. Even at my worst, I groan with creation to fully receive all the benefits of the adoption I have has a son of God. To be fully healed, fully righteous and fully in the presence of God in full acceptance of God is the groaning of my very being as a child of God. And, the second part of this is the other groaning of the Holy Spirit in me who intercedes on my behalf for the weaknesses I possess. Even when I am at my worst, or especially so, I have the Holy Spirit from within me praying the will of God. All of who I am in Christ hopes for the day when I can touch with my own hands the salvation and as I live this life the Holy Spirit carries me to the Father. This is the where my justification will one day become glorification. One day.
Romans 8:18-30 (New King James Version)
18 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. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. 23 Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. 24 For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.
26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.