159 Choose Your Groaning 2 Corinthians 5 Part 1May 1st, 2012 | By admin | Category: The Basics (click on Article name)
We’re back from a wonderful visit with family!
One step into my office and piles of responsibility were everywhere. I got temporarily derailed onto the ‘too much to do’ syndrome.
A study on 2 Corinthians 5 led me to think on these things:
We can be weighed down by the little stuff, or we can choose to carry a cause much greater than we are.
Why not bear the weight of something that really matters?
Much love in Christ,
#159 Choose Your Groaning 2 Corinthians 5 Part 1
“For we know that if our earthly house of the tabernacle be destroyed, a building from God we have, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For indeed in this we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling which is from heaven; also if indeed being clothed, we shall not be found naked. For indeed we groan who are in the tabernacle being burdened; since we do not wish to be unclothed, but to be clothed upon, that the moral may be swallowed up by life.” 2 Corinthians 5:1-4 Strong’s Interlinear
We do not want to be found naked, and so we are burdened by the choices in our life and the outcome of those choices: being divested of life or clothed in life.
Groaning is the pressure of longing and effort to be faithful.
Let’s choose what we groan about! James 5:9 “Do not grumble (the same word for groan) against each other, brethren, that you be not condemned.” Of all the pressing experiences in the life of Christ, the thing that he was most concerned about was his oneness with the Father’s will. “But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is accomplished!” Luke 12:50 Let us choose to focus not on the weight and heaviness of the trial, but on the weight of the holy responsibility that has been entrusted to us. “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in your both to will and to work according to his good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13