Sunday, November 11, 2012
Though not necessarily profound or novel, I wanted to share this thought with you all:
Tonight while watching WALL-E, a line in the movie caught my attention. At one point in the movie, the captain excitedly says, "We can go home for the first time!"
It seems to me that, as Christians, we get to do a similar thing. As resident aliens, we get to one day return to the Lord, to be with Him in the truest home we shall ever know. We get to reside in the place that we are meant to reside in, to live where we are happiest and most fully glorifying God, reveling in and at Christ's glory. We get to go home for the first time, too.
 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time [n]are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.  For the creation waits with eager longing for [o]the revealing of the sons of God.  For the creation [p]was subjected to futility, not willingly, but [q]because of him who subjected it, in hope  that [r]the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.  For we know that [s]the whole creation [t]has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.  And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have [u]the firstfruits of the Spirit, [v]groan inwardly as [w]we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, [x]the redemption of our bodies.  For [y]in this hope we were saved. Now [z]hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees?  But if we hope for what we do not see, we [a]wait for it with patience.
(Romans 8:18-25 ESV; emphasis added)
[n] 2 Cor. 4:17; [1 Pet. 1:5, 6]
[o] 1 Pet. 4:13; 5:1; 1 John 3:2; [ch. 2:7]
[p] Gen. 3:18, 19; Eccles. 1:2
[q] Gen. 3:17
[r] [Acts 3:21]
[s] Mark 16:15
[t] Jer. 12:4, 11
[u] [2 Cor. 5:5; James 1:18]
[v] 2 Cor. 5:2, 4
[w] ver. 19, 25; Isa. 25:9; Gal. 5:5
[x] See ch. 7:24; Luke 21:28
[y] [1 Thess. 1:3; 5:8]
[z] 2 Cor. 4:18; Heb. 11:1
[a] [1 Thess. 1:3; 5:8]