16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. - Romans 8:16-17
I remember well when cleaning out my parent’s house after my father’s death the realization of the enormity of the task. I was one of three heirs to all they owned. What began as a tedious task of recalling and remembering and sorting turned into anxiety to finish. Much of what I was an heir to I had no need for or it was of no value to me. It was different for each of us heirs. Some of you can relate very well to this. Let me assure every reader this is not true as we think of being a co-heir with Christ to all that God has for us. Everything God has we need and has great value to our lives. No need to ponder, no need to sort, no need to discard. All of God’s glory and his grace and his power and his love and on and on I could go we need and he freely gives it to us as an heir. In a land and time when there was a great distinction between heirs and slaves, the words we are heirs packs an unfathomable punch. It is not an empty promise, but a promise that is spoken into our lives by the Spirit himself. There is no position of equal value we could ever attain in this life equal to the position of being a child of God, an heir to all he has. Take your position in Him seriously and receive all he has for you.
Heavenly Father, we bow humbly in your presence as your child to acknowledge the position you have given us as an heir. Humble us as we live in that position and stir our hearts with gratitude. We repent of taking our position for granted. We listen for your Spirit to continually testify to our spirit that we are a child of God. We proclaim I am a child of God! In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Pray the Prayer of Invitation to the Holy Spirit
Come, Holy Spirit, come. Come as the wind and blow through me. Come as the fire and burn in me. Convict me, convert, me, consecrate me, until I am fully thine. Amen.