Always a Child of God
January 22 | Bible in a Year: Exodus 4-6; Matthew 14:22-36
Always a Child of God
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.
READ ROMANS 8:9Ė17
During a church service I attended with my parents, according to the usual practice we held hands while saying the Lordís Prayer together. As I stood with one hand clasped to my motherís and the other to my fatherís, I was struck by the thought that I will always be their daughter. Although Iím firmly in my middle age, I can still be called ďthe child of Leo and Phyllis.Ē I reflected that not only am I their daughter, but I will also always be a child of God.
The apostle Paul wanted the people in the church at Rome to understand that their identity was based on being adopted members of Godís family (Romans 8:15). Because they had been born of the Spirit (v. 14), no longer did they need to be enslaved to things that didnít really matter. Rather, through the gift of the Spirit, they were ďheirs of God and co-heirs with ChristĒ (v. 17).
To those who follow Christ, what difference does this make? Quite simply, everything! Our identity as children of God provides our foundation and shapes how we see ourselves and the world. For instance, knowing that we are part of Godís family helps us to step out of our comfort zone as we follow Him. We can also be free from seeking the approval of others.
Today, why not ponder what it means to be Godís child?
By Amy Boucher Pye
REFLECT & PRAY
Those who follow God are His children.
Lord God, help me to live out of my central identity as Your child. Release me to live by Your Spirit, that I might share Your love and hope.
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Before His death, Jesus said the Father would send us ďanother advocate to help [us] and be with [us] foreverĒ (John 14:16). Since the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4; John 7:39), the Spirit of God now lives in every believer (Romans 8:9). As ďthe Spirit of truthĒ (John 15:26), He helps us to understand Godís Word (14:26). As the source of our new life (Romans 8:11), He guarantees our salvation (Ephesians 1:13-14), assuring us we are Godís children (Romans 8:16). He empowers us to live holy lives (vv. 5-13), making us like Christ (Galatians 5:22-23) and equipping us for ministry (1 Corinthians 12:4-7). K. T. Sim
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