Daily Devotion: Creation Waits For The Children of God

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Bible Readings for Monday, June 13th, 2011 – The Week of Pentecost

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Psalm 104:24-35

Joel 2:18-29

Romans 8:18-24

  • When you send forth your spirit, they are created; and you renew the face of the ground. – Psalm 104:30
  • Then afterward I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Even on the male and female slaves, in those days, I will pour out my spirit. – Joel 2:28-29
  • For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; – Romans 8:19

Creation Waits For The Children of God!

Romans 8

19. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God;

What’s so special about these “Children of God”?

Some might say, “But, Trig, you’ve been arguing that we are all God’s children, whether slave or free, Christian or Muslim, man or woman or child… aren’t we already here? Why is creation ‘waiting’?”

Creation is waiting on the children of God because we do not yet act like Children of God.

  • The former is to “be” children of God. Like Prince William of Britain is Prince Charles’ son.
  • The latter is to “become” Children of God: a title, a role, a destiny, and a responsibility. Like Prince William will some day become King of Britain.

We are born into the reality of being a child of God, but we must grow and transform ourselves into a Child of God.

Only through God’s Breath and Word can we adopt within ourselves God’s spirit as our own.

The Christ within.

Only when enough of humanity starts to act like Children of God, loving God and each other as they would love themselves, selfless and humble, will the Earth find peace.

The Kingdom of God on Earth as it is in Heaven.

Creation, not Heaven Waits

Anyone else notice that it is not Heaven that waits for the Children of God?

It’s creation that waits. This world, this Earth, the present.

Romans 8

20. for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope
21. that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the Children of God.

Futility By Design

God willed that creation, the Law, society, human nature, and even life would be “futile”.

  • The Law cannot be accomplished of our own human volition.
  • Society always decays under the weight of empire and greed.
  • Human nature always succumbs to the evil fruits of fear and hate. (“Freedom Fries”, anyone?)
  • The curtain of life is drawn into the final act of death for every living creature. Death is the ultimate futility.

"The Present State of the Environment" By Leo Tanguma

Why did God will all of this to be futile?

Why does a wise parent allow their young child to eventually make all their own mistakes?

So the child can learn.

And no lesson carries such bittersweet meaning as one learned under the unfortunate category of self-consequence.

If God has created everything to be perfect, then we would never learn…

  • … that the ways of man are futile and full of trouble.
  • … that life is fleeting and we must take nothing for granted.
  • … that compassion is priceless.
  • … that we can’t live up to God’s standards and we all need Grace, so that none may boast.
  • … that we are all Children of God.

The Labor Pains of Existence

Romans 8

22. We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now;
23. and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.

"The Children of The World Dream of Peace" By Leo Tanguma

War.

Famine.

Greed.

Strife.

Hate.

Fear.

These are the unfortunate “labor pains” of the Kingdom. Like human birth itself, we must experience tremendous pain and suffering to produce something incredible. And like a strong young mother, we will learn to use the pain to inspire is, to give us strength and passion, and bear down to propel The Kingdom forward.

  • To God’s children, the Soldiers who have seen war: bear down and employ your tremendous loyalty, will and spirit to fight only for peace from now on.
  • To God’s children, the hungry who have felt the ravages of famine: bear down and teach the rest of us gratitude for what we have.
  • To God’s children, the rich who have tasted greed: bear down and spread aid and compassion.
  • To God’s children, the couples and families that have sown strife: bear down and sow harmony for each family is like a Kingdom experiment. Can we replace the “me” with “we”?
  • To God’s children, the bigots who have shown hate: bear down and be a light for love to others.
  • To us all who know the paralysis of fear: bear down and cast off fear for God loves you and by Grace we are all saved from death. Replace fear with hope.

Stop living for you, and start living for The Kingdom.

It’s Not Here Yet

Romans 8

24. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen?

"In Peace and Harmony With Nature" By Leo Tanguma

For who hopes in what is seen, today?

If I said, “Look the Kingdom is here!”, all of you would look around and say, “Huh?”, because our world today doesn’t look much like the Kingdom.

We still see the labor pains.

We must hope in what is not seen today.

So we must hope in something new and better, and in working toward bringing that hope to fruition, we will save all of creation.

If we don’t, there won’t be any creation left to save.

 

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Romans 5
"18. Therefore just as one man's trespass led to condemnation for all, so one man's act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all.
19. For just as by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous."

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