“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering. Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.”
There’s a new baby in our family! My brother and his wife were blessed with a beautiful little girl last week and the entire family is in love with this sweet miracle. There’s nothing better for me than to hold a tiny newborn, to kiss her head and stare at her face and wonder what her future holds. I’m loving the daily pictures I get of her sweet face and being able to watch my brother with his child brings me such joy. We’ve prayed for a lot of years for this baby and God, in His perfect timing, is so faithful.
Reagan is going to be especially blessed because she is the daughter of my brother Mike. Anyone who knows my brother knows that he loves kids. You only need to see him leading his Sunday school class of little 2 and 3 and 4 year olds down the hall at church to see that love in action. As much as he loves those kids, how much more will he love his very own. She has his heart already, completely. He will make sure that she never wants for anything and I’m willing to bet that, for as long as he has waited for a child, there’s going to be plenty of spoiling. She will be fed, clothed, taken care of, she will be taught to be kind, to be loving, and to know Jesus. She is going to be given tons of opportunities. This little girl is going to be so loved and so cherished and will always be prayed for, all because of who her dad and mom are.
Some of us had this same thing growing up. You were especially blessed because you were _______’s child. But that’s not the case for everyone. Not every beautiful baby gets taken care of and cherished and prayed for by their earthly father. It hurts my heart. Especially as I get to look in the eyes of sweet Reagan, to know that others are not so blessed is tragic. But I am confident in one thing. We have an all knowing, loving God who is our Father. He sent His Son so that we can be His children. As much as he cares for the sparrows, how much more does He care for us? How much more does he love and cherish us? We who are lead by the Spirit, are children of God.
How blessed are WE because we are God’s child! He prepared the way so that we can have eternal life through Him. He is our ever present source of help. He is there to lead us, to guide us, and to pick us up as we fall. We are His heirs. Thank you God, for this gift of life that You have given us!!