Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for thes words that you’ve instilled on my heart. May they bring light to Your word. In Jesus’ name Amen.
I can’t take credit for the title of this blog post. It is a title of a song by Brian Johnson. The ENTIRE song has been on my heart since I first heard it at the end of January. It’s got great harmonies and a super great message that stems from Romans 8:14-16
For those led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
You’re probably thinking, great song and passage, but how does this tie into the season of Lent. Well, that’s a good thought! Lent is a time of reflection and a time to kindle/re-kindle your relationship with God. Think about it. Jesus was in the desert for 40 days being tempted by Satan. Satan thought he had the upper hand, but let’s face it, God did through Jesus. (And God being in Heaven means he does have the upper hand over Satan. ;))
Satan shows that Greed and Gluttony and Pride are what Jesus should consume or take on. He even quotes Scripture! Jesus has SO MUCH SELF-CONTROL here! More importantly, Jesus recognizes that he was sent to overcome temptation and by extension to free us from being slaves to our sin.
I am a Child of God
Sin sounds like an ugly word. It is also ugly in nature. It is usually what keeps us from getting closer to to Jesus. Jesus never succumbed to Satan’s temptations. He died for us so that we can be set free from our temptations, our sins.
Being a slave to sin means you keep succumbing to temptations even when you know they’re wrong. Then you feel guilty for not stopping. It’s a little like when your mom has baked a fresh batch if cookies and they smell DELICIOUS!!! *mouth drools* Your mom tells you, “These are for AFTER dinner. They need to cool.” How can she not let me eat just one, you think to yourself. When she’s out of the kitchen, you sneak in and eat a cookie!!!!! You may have burnt you’re mouth if they’re still warm. (In which case you may have learned your lesson.) Or you may want another one. And then you eat one more. And another. And yet another. And then there are no cookies left and you’ve spoiled your dinner! As a result, your mom tells you “We’ll discuss your actions after dinner.” Anyway, since you won’t be eating dinner because of too many cookies, you go to your room and think about what you could have done differently or how you can ask for forgiveness. Mom comes into your room to discuss your actions. You’re sorry and she forgives you and still loves you. Kind how Jesus loves as we are but that we need to ask Him to cleanse our hearts and get rid of the yuckiness that is our sins.
Let’s rewind to when Mom says, “These are for AFTER dinner. These need to cool.” The thought of, How can she not let me eat just one, comes to your head. You go to grab a cookie, but now, a conflicting voice says, “No! Don’t do it!!!!” You retreat and go do your homework while dinner gets ready. That is the Holy Spirit acting as your good conscience; further, it is your SELF-CONTROL kicking in! Woot!!
You me, us! We are all children of God and co-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17) That was a long story! Hopefully it shed some light on no longer being a slave to sin, but being a child of God. 🙂 Remember: You, me, us! We are all children of God and co-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17).