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Day 27: Groaning with a Purpose

Posted by undergroundchurch on January 27, 2011


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Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. – 2 Corinthians 5:2-4

Perhaps no word better expresses the deep, passionate desire to see something happen than to groan.

I watched Sunday as the Chicago Bears came oh, so close to taking the game, but a last minute interception, sucked the air out of Bears fans everywhere.  You could almost hear a collective groan across the fruited plain as people, wearing Cutler jerseys, buried their heads in a mournful silence.

Or can any basketball fan forget the final NCAA game last year as the Butler Bulldogs fired a rim-shot from ¾ court as time expired and sparked a collective gasp and subsequent groan throughout Lucas Oil Stadium.

Groaning in the Spirit

Paul takes that “groaning feeling” up a notch when he says in essence, “We groan in our spirits because we really don’t want to be here; we want to be with Jesus!”

Can you say of yourself that you really groan in your spirit to be with the Lord, or do a lot of things in this world keep your groaning spirit at bay?

I ask that question because Paul was writing this letter in a time of great turmoil.  Rome was oppressing Christians, Jew didn’t like Christians, sin was rampant in Corinth and being fed to lions really wasn’t all that appealing.

It is much easier to want to be with Christ when (a) you are going through some serious persecution or (b) you spend a lot of time with Jesus.

Groaning doesn’t just happen; you have to be truly vested in the thing you are longing for.

A lifetime Bears fan is going to groan a lot more when they lose a championship game than a person that is simply jumping on the band wagon.

If you have spent lots of time with Jesus over the course of your Christian walk (not just prayer at meal time and when your kids are sick, but REAL time just loving on God) you know what I mean.  You crave being in the presence of God, and you really can’t wait to leave this world behind.  You know what it is like to some degree to groan in your spirit.  And unlike Bears fans this season, your groaning will be satisfied.

 

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