Devotion Text: Romans 8:14-17
You are no longer slaves, why do you continue to act like it?!
Earlier this month, my son Joshua decided he was a “big boy now” and wanted to move from his crib into a normal bed. My wife and I obliged, but quickly noticed something peculiar. Joshua, even though he could now easily get in and out of his bed, would call for us when he was ready to get up. His situation had changed, but his attitude had not–he still acted like a little child that needed to be lifted out of a crib.
We too, sadly, are often like that that in our relationship with our Heavenly Father!
Paul writes in Romans (shortly before our text) that the law controlled us. The law controlled our minds and our will. It set us on a course of death and destruction. We were hostile to God and could not, would not please him. But, brothers and sisters in Christ, we have changed!
We now are led by the spirit of God and are made sons–co-heirs–of God! We were dead, but now are alive! Our situation has changed! The law need not control us any longer!
Under the spirit of God, we need not fear death, hell or the devil’s power. We have the freedom, the power to call upon our father for whatever we desire and he is pleased to hear us! We can now live lives pleasing to God through faith. As heirs with Christ, we will share in his glory in heaven forever.
Prayer: Our Father, give to your people the comfort and joy that comes through your spirit. You have made us free, give us the strength to no longer live as slaves to death and sin. Help us live lives pleasing to you Lord and protect us in your grace until you bring us to glory everlasting. Amen.