Not Home Yet: Call Him 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 8:16-17)

There are still places—maybe your town is one of them—where belonging to the right family has its benefits. To have that name brings with it status, privileges, and often a whole lot of money. To be from the wrong family, the wrong part of town, means you’re not getting in certain doors. You’ll have to make your own way the hard way.

nothome_350Romans is written into a world that understood the value of belonging to the right family. Far more so than now, you were likely to carry your family’s status with you for your entire life.

What family could have more status—then and now—than the family of the God of the universe? What name could open more doors than His? What family fortune could ever be larger than God’s family fortune? And as His children we have a share in it—right along with Jesus! We are the children of God.

(Tune in tomorrow to hear about the suffering.)

Think: Do you sense in your spirit that God’s Spirit is testifying to you that you are God’s child? Are you comfortable with the idea of belong in His family? Do you feel any security in knowing that you are a co-heir with Christ to God’s unmeasurable, eternal fortune?

Pray: Thank God that as a Christian you have been included in His family and promised a share in your family’s eternal glory.

Do: Try to bring up in conversation (at church, at home, wherever) two or three times this week that you are in God’s family.