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.

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.

- Romans 8:14-21

We Are Yours & Yours Forever

With all of its riches, victories, and trials, adoption into God's family is the best thing that will ever happen in our life. Although we may not always feel like we are one of God's beloved children, the unwavering truth is that, because God's spirit dwells inside of us, we cannot cease to belong to God. When we say yes to Jesus, we commit our lives to doing everything we can to comprehend and live out of our identity as a child of God.

He is Your Father

Romans 8:14-21 walks us through what it means to be a child and heir of God. Paul begins by immediately throwing out any idea that a relationship with God looks like one between a harsh master and his slave. Instead, Paul contrasts the lack of love in the former relationship to one of a young child who affectionately calls his father "daddy" (the English translation of Abba). Essentially, Paul is trying to explain that God did not make you his own to hold you at an arm's length and ignore your cries of need; He made you His own to embrace you and orchestrate your entire life for good as you surrender and bury your face into His chest.

After discussing what I means to be a child of God, Paul moves on to discuss the concept of being an heir. Because we are God’s children, that means that we get to share in all of God’s favor and goodness that He shows towards His other son, Jesus! Which, if you think about it, is pretty amazing because God did some pretty amazing on behalf of and for Jesus. But then the kicker; Christ did not live an easy life floating from one miracle to the next. If anything, Christ encountered and defeated every worldly struggle so that he could completely identify with man. But Paul tells us to take hope and persevere because relief is coming! In the coming days, believers will know freedom from death and struggles of the world, and we will dance with new freedom and sing with no weight. If we will maintain perspective on who we are to God and what God is to us, we will be able to joyfully endure until Christ returns again.

- Bailey Meyne