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 to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.

Romans 8:22-23

I want a lot of things in life. Some of them pretty badly. I want the Steelers to win another Super Bowl (well, first I need them to make the playoffs again.) I want to become a scratch golfer (I love golf). I want to have a political career (stupid, right?). I want to get married and have children. I’ve desired these things at various intensities for a while–some of them pretty badly. You know that feeling in the pit of your gut when you just long for something? If you’re a football fan, you know what I’m talking about to some degree. It’s the end of the game, down by, say one point. With three seconds left, your kicker attempts a 55 yard field goal. While it’s in the air, you get that feeling in the pit of your stomach. You long for that ball to split the uprights. But that’s just a superficial example, and not everyone is a football fan.

But have you ever been in love? In that case, the pit in your stomach weighs even heavier. Sometimes it’s a hopeful weight–you long for another person, and you know it might actually happen. And sometimes it’s a heavy, downcast weight that you trudge around everywhere. You long for that other person so much that you cannot envision a future you without that person by your side. But you know that the future version of you probably won’t have that person at your side. That feeling is far worse than the feeling that comes even after a lost Super Bowl.

All of these emotions stem from desire–sometimes really strong desire. I would like you to think about what you desire most. Sit back and think to yourself, “I desire. . .” and then note what first comes to mind. Whatever it is, don’t condemn yourself, just simply take note of it. That desire, whatever it is, is probably directing your life, consciously or subconsciously. I would suggest to you today that Paul is telling us exactly what should be directing our lives. He’s telling us exactly what should come to mind when we think “I desire. . .” He’s telling us what should give us that feeling in our gut: “our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.”

Memory Technique

I’m sorry if you’re not a sports fan. I’m from a small town in Western Pennsylvania, so I am a Pittsburgh sports dynasty guy myself. And we used to have Gerrit Cole at the Pirates–those days are over, sadly. But today we’re going to pretend that Gerrit Cole is both near the end of his career and that he’s a football player!

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 to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.

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We want Gerrit Cole to Win Five Football Games and Retire. = Romans 8:22-23.

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