by Wally Fry

Friday, September 20

We Become the Children of God

Romans 8:12-16

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father,” Romans 8:14, 15.

If one pays close attention, they might notice a wide variance in how people refer to their fathers. Father, Dad, Poppa and Daddy are all terms one might hear. The way we address our father can also reveal some things about the type of relationship we have with him. It may sound stereotypical, but most would say a person who calls their Father Daddy probably feels closer to him than a person who calls him Father.

Far too many have an impression of God our Father as a detached, remote and grim Father just waiting for us to make a mistake, so He can deliver a cosmic whipping. While we cannot discount God’s place as a God of judgment, that is not the totality of who He is. This word used, “Abba” (verse 15), tells us a lot if we are only paying attention. Using “Abba,” instead of Father is about like saying Dad, or Daddy, instead of “father” to refer to our earthly one. It is still a respectful, yet much more intimate way of calling out to our Heavenly Father.

If we are “led by the spirit of God” (verse 14), or saved, then our relationship with God is a personal and intimate one. Not only do we become the sons of God; our Abba Father has adopted us. He chose us because He loves us. Because He loves us, He will always protect and take care of us, even when the world has turned its back on us.

JUST A THOUGHT: While we ought not to live in trembling fear of our Heavenly Father, we should live in awe and respect of him, and submission to Him.

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