Our scripture this morning is Romans 8:16-18.
The Spirit himself bears witness to our spirit that we are God’s children. And if children, then heirs (namely, heirs of God and also fellow heirs with Christ) – if indeed we suffer with him so we may also be glorified with him. For I consider that our present sufferings cannot even be compared to the glory that will be revealed to us.
Paul writes to believers in Rome, instructing about the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. He reminds us that we are God’s children and therefore heirs of the kingdom with Christ. This New Covenant we are offered brings both blessings and responsibilities.
Jesus has called us to a new life and given us the task of sharing God’s love everywhere. Before He ascended He promised to send the Holy Spirit, “another advocate” as He tells us in John 14:16. This is His presence with us and within us, a constant source of guidance and protection.
In order to fulfill our part of the covenant we must do these things: love God, love neighbor, make disciples. God sent Jesus to save us and Jesus has entrusted the earthly ministry He began to us. As “heirs of God” as Paul puts it, we are called to be part of His mighty plan for the salvation of all His children.
Heavenly Father, as Your children we feel Your love and care for us. Bless us to go to all the world in Your name. Amen.