|It is one thing to have your sins forgiven. It is quite another to be called a “son of God” and that is exactly what Paul proclaims to each of us in Romans 8: 13-17.
Remember the parable of the prodigal? Like the younger son who returns to his father with the intention of being a simply a hired hand but is restored to the position of a son by a compassionate father, we are adopted by the compassionate God.
The son was greeted with an embrace and a kiss, a ring, clean clothes and shoes and a festive celebration! There was great rejoicing over a son who was dead and is now alive!
The Gospel comes to life in our lives as we are adopted as sons and daughters of the living God thanks to the work of Christ on the cross.
What does it mean? We have an intimacy with God. You’ve probably heard it before, but the phrase of “Abba! Father!” communicates the idea of a child addressing his or her father as “Daddy”.
Now we’re included as heirs. We can look forward to being glorified with Christ. This is our hope. This is why we patiently await His return.
Think about your relationship with God today. Do you feel more like a hired hand or a child of God? How does this scripture adjust your view?