Romans 8:14-17 (NIV)
14For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15The 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.” 16The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17Now 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.
When we change jobs our relationship with the old and new employers change. We are no longer obligated to one and we enter into new obligations with the other. To an even greater extent, our allegiance to old ways have been broken and we enter into a new way to live. But this is not just a trading of one master for another. The nature of our relationship with God is completely different. We used to live as slaves. In contrast, now we live as sons and daughters. We are children who by the Spirit’s help cry out to God as Father, children who participate in the work that the Father is doing, children who are not left up to their own devices in how to live, but can follow the Spirit of God in us.
Responding to the Transmission
We now have relationship with God, a relationship that is totally unlike the old. It doesn’t make sense to live in old ways, nor does it work. Everything is different, and thanks to God we are not left on our own to figure this out. He gives us His Spirit to lead us, to help us fully embrace and live in this new relationship. Let’s cry out Abba, Father and welcome His work in and through our lives. Let’s receive today the Spirit’s powerful help, leaving the old behind and living in the new. God has much to give us!