July 20, 2008am      Wait Children, Wait!     Romans 8:12-25

by Ron George Jr. at the Fayetteville Baptist Church

            This week we were in Bible school every night from Sunday through Thursday, but the best was yet to come.  On Friday we had the God’s Big Back Yard Bash.  We had a celebration of all that we did throughout the week.  After you work you receive your payday.  After you study and take the test you receive your grade.  After you eat you then get your desert.  Women who carry a baby in their womb and endure the pain of child birth have the opportunity to hold their very own new born.  On Friday we had a picnic, lots of songs, games, and a water slide for all who participated.  After we have lived our lives then we get our just deserts.  We get our inheritance from our Father who is in heaven.  He is a good God we gives us all that we have and then some.  But we have to be willing to wait for desert time.  We have to continue to work, serve, and sacrifice so that we might enjoy our desert. 

Romans 8: 12 Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation—but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. 13 For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, 14 because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba,h Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 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. 18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. 22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not 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. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

  1. Wait?  For what?  The best is yet to come.  We always want what we want and want it now.  Waiting, depending, and trusting take time.  While we wait God is testing you.  Will you make the good grade and wait or will you give up. 

 

  1. Live with God by following His leading in your life.  .You Will Live if you live by the Spirit.  Life comes from the Creator, so go with Him.  What ever He has given you to do then do it and continue to do it until He comes again.  If your circumstances change then take that as a change from the Lord who says for you to do something else.  This is called serving God.  We don’t serve our selves and our own selfish wants but we choice to serve God. 
  1. Be Still and wait.  Often we get anxious and start to move without the Lord’s leading.  God will lead you if you will follow.  Would you follow?  This is the way of life. 

 

  1. Call on Dad  (Abba, Father):  Have you called on the Lord lately?  Abba was the Aramaic word for father.  It is like our word for father called dad or daddy.  This shows a close relationship between the father and his child.  How long has it been since you called him Daddy?  Stay in touch with your Father who gives you life and your just deserts.  As you have been a blessing to others then He will give you in turn your desert.  Will you wait and trust Him to give to you what you deserve? 
  1. Wait for the inheritance and the glory.  You heavenly Father will give you an inheritance and His glory.  There is more to come with God.  Without God there is no hope.  He promises us an eternal home.  We don’t see it now, but that is why we hope.  We hope for what we don’t see.  We hope for the coming of the Lord to recreate all of His creation the way He recreates us. 

 

  1. Work through the sufferings and the sacrifices.  Keep on keeping on until our work is done.  Our work is done when the Lord comes for us.  Our work is the serve the Lord by serving others as He has served us. 
  1. Enjoy the coming glory.  Waiting eagerly and patiently for the redemption of our bodies.  Looking forward to our desert and our coming into the place that the Lord has prepared for us.  We are saved by the Lord and the gift of Hope.

 

  1. Touching others and all of creation.  God doesn’t leave us alone, but He came to serve us and to help us.  This is our calling as we seek to follow the Lord.  Living to give, seeking to serve, and building on Christ is our goal as a church.  Will you continue to serve the Lord by serving Him and wait for His coming?  This is His call to you and me today.  Wait children, Wait.  Will you wait? 

h Aramaic for Father

The Holy Bible : New International Version (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984). Ro 8:12-25.