So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. (Romans 8:15-16 NLT)
From sinners to children.
If you have kids do you identify them by their sin or by the fact that you had something to do with their birth? When you introduce them to people you don’t introduce them as your “little sinners” (even though we know you could), you introduce them as your children. Let that sink in. Because that’s exactly what God does with you.
Sure, we deserve to be labeled all kinds of things, but a “child of God” is not one of them. But we’ve been invited by God Himself to embrace sonship and daughter-ship and call Him “daddy”. Stop trying to be so mature and adult-like and instead see yourself as a child who makes mistakes, but has a loving and compassionate father ready to forgive, ready to discipline in love when needed, but totally accepts us because we are His children.
Here’s the key: recognize the merging of our spirit with His Spirit. You are a symbiant being. We are not alone. The very Spirit of God that Jesus sent to his disciples when He left (John 14-16) lives in us and affirms that we are indeed children of God. If you have a hard time grasping this concept, then it means you haven’t fully recognized or embraced the work of the Holy Spirit in your life.
Action: On a scale from 1 to 10, how convinced are you that you indeed are a child of God right now in your present condition (1 not convinced at all and 10 very convinced)? List some ways that you can or have increased your awareness and involvement with the Spirit of God who lives in you. Comment here to give others ideas.