My name is Keith Giles. I love to write so that people can know Jesus and experience His life in their own.
So, I started this blog to help people understand who Jesus is, and how He reveals what the Father is really like.
This is a safe place to talk about all those questions you've had about the Bible, and Christianity. It's also a place to learn how to put the words of Jesus into practice.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
CREATION EAGERLY AWAITS
If I were to ask you, “What is it that all
Creation is awaiting eagerly?” You would most likely say, “The return of Jesus!”
And you would be wrong.
No, instead, what Paul says is that all
Creation is waiting eagerly for those who are in Christ to awaken and rise up.
“For the creation waits in eager
expectation for the children of God to be revealed.For the creation was subjected to frustration,
not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hopethat the creation itself will be
liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of
the children of God.” [Romans 8:19-21]
All Creation is eagerly awaiting the Body
of Christ to rise up and bring forth the Kingdom of God which lies within each
of us. Like tiny seeds of mustard pressed into the dry ground, or a light
sprinkling of yeast that spreads within the lump of dough, we are the promise
of a Kingdom to come that all Creation yearns for.
This has always been part of the Father’s
Master Plan – to transform us so that we can transform the kingdoms of this
world into the Kingdom of God. [See Revelation 11:15]
Forget about “winning America back for God”,
our mission is to usher in the Eternal Kingdom of God – where His perfect will
is always accomplished in the lives of His people – and to transform others
around us into people who are also carrying around the promise of the Kingdom
It’s not about turning America into a
nation where Christians feel more comfortable and “at home”. It’s about
changing people into transformational agents of the Kingdom who are radiating
love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, mercy and perseverance. Truth
be told, if we start doing that our communities will start to be anything but “comfortable”,
but never boring.
Just before this passage in Romans, Paul
says something wonderful about our identity in Christ as “Children of God”:
“For those who are led by the Spirit of God
are the children of God.The
Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again;
rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to son-ship. And by
him we cry, “Abba, Father.”The Spirit himself
testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs
of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order
that we may also share in his glory.” [Roman 8: 14-17]
As the Children of God, we are:
“Led by the Spirit”
“Without fear” “Heirs of God” “Co-heirs with Christ” “Sharing in the sufferings and the glory of
In fact, it is this process of suffering
that is key to what Paul is saying in this passage. This is why he says:
“I consider that our present sufferings are
not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” [v. 18]
Please notice: Paul does not say that our sufferings don’t
compare to Heaven, or to a place we will go when Jesus comes back.
Nope. Look again.
Paul says, “Our present sufferings are not worth comparing
with the GLORY THAT WILL BE REVEALED IN US.” [Emphasis mine]
What is this glory that will be revealed in us? It’s the
very same glory that Paul says “all creation waits in eager expectation for” when
“the children of God are revealed”!
He encourages us to endure suffering in this life, because
through that suffering for the Kingdom and the Gospel of Jesus, we are being
transformed into His image and we are fulfilling our call as seeds and as yeast
to usher in the glorious Kingdom of God in the here and now.
All creation is groaning for you and I to wake up, step out,
and begin to live as citizens of the Kingdom of God at this very moment in
What are you waiting for?
If you keep waiting perhaps even the rocks will cry out, “Hurry!
Child of God! Liberate us from this bondage and decay! Bring forth the glorious
freedom of the Lord Jesus, our King!”
Let’s not delay any longer.
Rise up, oh sleeper. Wake up and step into the fullness of
your calling as Children of God.