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
The past couple of weeks at Creekside we have been talking about the Holy Spirit, who Paul calls “the Spirit of God,” the Spirit of Christ and simply “the Spirit.” Humble and meek, ready to teach and lead you, the Holy Spirit makes his dwelling inside believers, the Spirit driving, you cooperating — his power, his ability, but your acting in that reality; led by the Spirit, drawn along by something strongly felt, a desire a passion, a presence.
“Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father.’” (Galatians 4:6) “And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:15) “Abba,” the sound of a baby, babbling and cooing for his father, intimate, close, dependent, loved, provided for.
Let that sink in for a bit. Picture a toddler crawling on the floor, playing with is dad, reaching up, speaking with the ability to form words not completely formed, “Abba, Abba, Abba.” That is the picture painted of the relationship between God and his people, the portrait of the Spirit and his people. The Spirit testifying with our spirit, intertwined and secure in the father. The concept of a God who is distant, uninterested, disappointed, angry or annoyed with the people who are his is not at all accurate. Instead we are son’s and daughters, heirs, even co-heirs with Christ — with all that that entails.
That is the reality of life into which you are called to live today, tomorrow and the next day. How might your day be different if you got out of bed, took a moment and reminded yourself of all the preceding truths. How will your day be different if you step out of your door and into your work, vacation, meeting, doctor’s appointment, etc, with an awareness of who you are and who it is that makes his home inside you? Give it a try. You will begin to experience the extraordinary way of Jesus in your life – Ordinary People Living The Extraordinary Way of Jesus.
Let me know how your day is different when you start it out this way. Let other’s know as well – don’t keep this thing a secret, “you’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14–16
Peace, hope and love