The Spirit who indwells us testifies with our spirit that we are the children of God, and if his children, then also his heirs, the very heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, our older brother! On the day of Pentecost, let us be mindful that through faith in the risen and ascended Christ, the Father has poured on us the Holy Spirit, the one who has regenerated us and brought adoption to us from God. We are now the very children of God, crying out like little children, “Abba, Father!” filled with his life, and clinging to the hope as heirs of the inheritance to come. All this by grace and through the love of God.
For too many Christians, God is a harsh master that makes unreasonable demands on us and whose wrath we fear. This is “a spirit of slavery.” It is a sense that our relationship with God is a fragile peace that may be altered daily or even hourly by our behavior. This indeed would be a cause for great fear. Paul, however, insists that we are not in this circumstance at all; we have been adopted as the dear children of the Father.
God our Father, fill us with your Spirit and drive out any spirit of slavery. We rejoice today that we are your children, and that your perfect love casts out fear.
Weekly Reflection on the Priesthood of all Believers
We have been entrusted with the words of salvation, but not the power to save. That power belongs to God alone. Only through the work of the Holy Spirit will we ever be effective or fruitful in our witness. It is crystal clear in the Scriptures that only the presence and power of the Holy Spirit can enable us to represent Christ and his Kingdom.
~ Ryan Carter, Guard the Good Deposit: The Great Tradition of the Whole Church.
Wichita, KS: TUMI Press, 2019, p.56.
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