“And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God's glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.” – Romans 8:17
Although in another portion of scripture, Paul calls himself a bondservant to Jesus Christ and a slave to righteousness, he also reveals this significant truth, which identifies us as children, heirs and friends with our Lord Jesus Christ (John 15:13). As Born Again Christians, we are not only regenerated disciples of Christ. We are not merely His servants. We are someone whom He considers as His friends and family. We are adopted into God’s family and co-equal heirs with Jesus to inherit everything that our Heavenly Father owns.
This thought warms my soul and fills me with joy, peace and abundant love for both my Heavenly Father and my brother, Jesus. Jesus who is both the Lion of Judah and the sacrificial lamb, the sin of the world and the righteous judge, the consuming fire and the light of the world, the root of Jesse and the King of the Jews, is ultimately, Emanuel, God with us. He dwells in our spirit and changes us from the inside out.
We do not have to earn His love or acceptance by good deeds or righteous acts. We simply need to surrender our will to His and walk in obedience to His calling for our life. He gives us His Holy Spirit as our comforter and guide (John 15:26) and He promises never to leave us or forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:8). As His friends, we do what He leads us to do.
He no longer calls us servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, He has calls us His friends, because everything that Jesus learned from our Father He has made known to us. We did not choose Him, but He chose us and appointed us to go forth in the world and bear fruit for His Kingdom (John 15: 13-16a).
Prayer:Lord Jesus, you are my very best friend and I thank You for Your finished work on Calvary’s Cross that allows me to walk in Your love and acceptance as Your sister and friend. Thank You for Your Holy Spirit who dwells within me, and that the fullness of the godhead is in me as well (Colossians 1:19; 2:9).
Thought for the Day:Jesus is our loving Friend and Brother who is always here for you.