In Soul Food on April 7, 2011 by The Spillover

The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as he raised Christ from the dead, he will give life to your mortal body by this same Spirit living within you. So, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation whatsoever to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. For if you keep on following it, you will perish. But if through the power of the Holy Spirit you turn from it and its evil deeds, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. So you should not be like cowering, fearful slaves. You should behave instead like God’s very own children, adopted into his family—calling him “Father, dear Father.” For his Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our hearts and tells us that we are God’s children. And since we are his children, we will share his treasures—for everything God gives to his Son, Christ, is ours, too. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering. Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will give us later. For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. Against its will, everything on earth was subjected to God’s curse. All creation anticipates the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. -Romans 8:11-21

Let’s calibrate our minds on this Thursday morning by soaking up these truths from Paul’s words to the Romans. These are glorious promises from God to us. Wherever you are right now, let these truths penetrate the noise around you and saturate your mind. Meditate for a moment on the profundity of what God, the Creator of the Universe, is telling you and me.

The very Spirit of God lives within His chosen children. The power that raised Christ from the dead lives in those who are submitted to Him as Lord. Can you imagine the scope of that power? That same power raises us from our death in sin, giving us new life in Christ. God makes us a new creation, and gives us power over our sinful nature. He eliminates our old nature’s obligation to be enslaved by sin. By His grace, we turn from it…toward life. Real life.

Why is this possible? Why does the Spirit live within us? Because God chose us as His children, plain and simple. God looked upon us and adopted us into His eternal family. We can call the Creator and Sustainer of the universe “Dear Father”. He loves us. And because He is our Dear Father and we are His children, we have an inheritance which belongs to us. Prepared by the Father, specifically for us. The words “Share in His glory” make my stomach queasy. How is this possible? What type of unimaginable splendor is God waiting to give to His children? This boggles the mind.

To share in His glory involves sharing in His suffering. Paul tells us so. Let us consider it an honor, an unspeakable joy, to suffer for the name of Christ. Let’s give of ourselves, and think of others as better than us. Let’s pour ourselves out for the sake of others, as an offering to God. The reward far outweighs the struggle of this day. God tells us so. And we can trust Him – He is our Dear Father.

As we work for His Kingdom, as His children, filled with His Spirit, we walk among the people of the world as proof of our God’s glory. We have power to conquer sin and selfishness. Let us work for Him as we wait for that day when we’re delivered from death and decay. And guilt and depression and cancer and betrayal and anger and lust and tragedy.

That day is real, and that day is coming. As we long for that day, we have the bulletproof promise that God is our Dear Father, we are His children. We’re part of His eternal family. Let’s soak in this promise and worship our glorious God.

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