So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirsâ€”heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
~ Romans 8:12â€-â€¬13â€, â€¬15â€-â€¬17 ESV
This passage speaks volumes of our position in the family of Christ. I was adopted by my parents when I was eight days old. They raised me, and loved me as if we shared the same blood line. I am their son. They took the bad and good that came with me.
When I became a Christian I was also adopted into the family of God. When you are adopted you take that family name, you also take on the culture of that family. Some of that can be good and some could be bad. I tried to be the best son I could be. Sure I let my mom and dad down. When I did make wrong decision and got in trouble, what hurt the most was not the punishment, it was knowing that I let my folks down. The one thing I never questioned is the love that my folks have for me.
As a follower of Christ the same things apply. I’m a part of the greatest family of all. It can be hard to live up to the standard that this family has set. It is a daily goal for my life to live up to this standard that was set by Christ. When I fail I know that there will consequences for my my bad decisions. Knowing that I let my Heavenly Father down is the worst part. Like I said earlier, I never question His love, a love that I cannot earn. A love that was given to me at the cross.
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
~ Philippians 4:13 ESV
This short scripture means so much to me. I wear it around my neck as a reminder. It is beyond awesome to know that the power that Jesus has is the same power that lives in me.
What is not so awesome is when I do not tap into that power. I do not know why I think my power will work. My power is like a 9 volt battery compared to God’s power is unlimited. The only thing that limits His power is me. When I use Christ power, I can accomplish anything that I encounter.
~David Culp, Sr.
“Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.”
Colossians 3:5â€-â€¬10 ESV
When we become a follower of Christ we become a new person. We are to get rid of the things of this world. Our life should be a mirror of Jesus. It is hard for me shake loose of my old nature at times. When I am able to to turn from the things of this world and focus on the things of heaven there is such peace in knowing that Christ is in control.
“There is one body and one Spiritâ€”just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your callâ€” one Lord, one faith, one baptism,one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” ~ Ephesians 4:4-6
When we become a follower of Christ, we become one. We become one with God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We also become one with all the followers of Christ. We are all one body. We all may have a different function in the body, but we are still one. What we are called to do is love one another. Just as Christ loves us. We are to be obedient as Christ is obedient to the Father. We are to have faith in our Lord, that He will guide us.
Just think what we could get done for the Kingdom if we united for the Kingdom of God, and acted as one.
“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
Hebrews 4:16 ESV
It still amazes me that we can go to the throne of God in a time need, or to just give Him praise for all He has done. His grace is a gift that you can’t buy or earn. It is free for all to have through His son Jesus. ~ David G. Culp Sr.