Today’s text in the daily questions for the “A View From The Top: What Does God Say . . . About Me?” series seems to make two distinct statements that God says about me as His child. My previous post, I Have An Obligation, covers the first statement and I will consider the second statement in this post.
As you read the following words, listen closely to what Paul says about life as a child of God.
“For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’ The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 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.” Romans 8:14-17
Wow! Did you catch it? I have an inheritance! Not just any inheritance, but an inheritance from God. As a child of God, I am a co-heir with Christ. The Spirit of God has freed me to live as a son because the Spirit has brought about my adoption as such. As a son, I can have confidence in my inheritance — an inheritance I share with Christ himself. I suffer in the sufferings of Christ. I endure with the endurance of my Lord. My inheritance is more than a future reward — yes, that is coming. My inheritance includes taking on the characteristics of my Father.
It is slow and often painful process, this becoming like my Father. I’m not a natural son. I’ve developed habits and tendencies that are not like my Father at all. Yet, I watch Him. I listen to Him. I imitate Him because I want to be like Him. And I’m not alone in my efforts. He understands my weaknesses and my sinful nature — my flesh that wars against me. He knows I need help and He provides it. He gives His Spirit — a “down payment”, if you will, of the current and future inheritance that is mine. His Spirit is transforming my mind into the mind of Christ and replaces my heart with a heart for God. The Spirit has set me free from the slavery of sin and releases me from the master of destruction.
Has God’s Spirit brought about your adoption as a child of God? He wants you to be His child. He longs for you to allow His Spirit to live in you and be who you are. He has an inheritance for you — an inheritance that has the power to transform you into the image of Christ.
I pray that you are a part of God’s family and that you have taken your adoption seriously. May you live a life in the power of the spirit that seeks to imitate your Father and live like your co-heir, Jesus. May you endure the family difficulties — the persecution and suffering — knowing that they are not worth comparing to the glory of the final inheritance. I have an inheritance! An inheritance that cannot be diminished by the number of people laying claim to it. I pray that you also have this inheritance.