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. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit,
that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and
joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with [him], that we may be also glorified
We are no longer children of this world, but children of
our Heavenly Father. And being the children of God means that we begin to follow His
example and become more and more like Him as we mature. This is not to be taken lightly.
What it took for us to become the children of God required a great sacrifice. God gave up
the life of His son, Jesus. Jesus forfeited His right and His life in order that we might
be called the children of the Most High.
As we go from day to day and become occupied with occupations and focused on daily
routine, it becomes very easy to lose sight of what it really means to be called the
children of God--and what it took for us to become joint heirs with Christ.
I wish I could have taken His place,
but I am not like Him:
perfect, without blemish,
completely without sin.
I know it may be easy,
for me right now to say,
I would have died in place of Him,
and take His place that day.
For I will never have to face,
a death such as He died,
for if I had, I might have tried,
to run away and hide.
But ifs, and speculations,
will never change what is.
He took my rightful birthright,
and He gave me what was His.
I should have died in place of Him,
for all that I have done.
Instead I've gained a Father,
through the death of His own Son.
If I were some how able,
to travel back in time.
I still could not have taken His place,
for He had taken mine.
Take time today to remember what God has done for you in
making you His child. Take time today to remember what it means to be His child. Christ
gave up His life that we might live--what would result if we would give up our lives that
He might live through us?