Lately God’s been opening my eyes to another dimension…the dimension outside the Boyce College “bubble.” Of course, most would label this the “real world”. Whether it’s human trafficking (aka, modern-day slavery) happening right here in Kentucky, or hearing about how lost people just screw up their lives, God’s been impressing on me just how far we’ve fallen from His dwelling. We’re hurt and broken people who, for reasons only explainable by insanity, continue to add to our cuts and wounds. We’re broken, shattered, lying in pieces on the ground with no hope of gluing ourselves back together.
Tonight in particular, a passage in Romans 8 came to mind and stood out in unique color and life. In verses 19-22, the writer Paul notes how creation itself, our natural world, groans and struggles under the weight of our sin and brokeness. Creation itself longs for redemption…to be put back together again. This isn’t pantheism; it’s simply a statement of the depth of our brokeness. Our sin and turmoil seeps out of us and tortures everything else around us. Paul makes it clear that all creation is pining for a future hope…what is that hope? Can we partake in it?
In verse 23, Paul turns his focus upon humans. We ourselves struggle under the weight of our sin and brokeness. We too look for hope. But sadly most people will look for hope in all the wrong places. In the context of the passage (see verses 10-18), Paul makes it clear that those who follow after Christ, who apply His teachings to their lives, who try to fight their sin, who are led by the Spirit (Christians, in other word), these have a future hope. Paul explains in verses 24-25 that Christ’s death and resurrection has brought us hope for that one day when the world will no longer be broken.
While this is encouraging to Christians, what of those who don’t believe in Jesus? What hope do they have? The only hope they have is to trust Jesus with their lives. Until they do that, every other object and idol they try to place as their hope will burn up and they will always be left wanting more…it breaks me to think of that. I hear of how foolish some people act and it breaks me. There’s only one way out of this brokeness, and that’s through Jesus Christ.
From Romans 8:
“10But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. 11And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit, who lives in you…
22We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? 25But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.”