Teaching the Sunday school class this past weekend our memory verse came from Romans 8:39 “…nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ our Lord.”
I think it was the Holy Spirit who brought that verse to mind today after something that happened at work that made me see just how separated we are from God when we live in our sin. During lunch I opened the Bible that I almost always keep in my car and turned to Roman chapter 8, most Christians know Romans 8 as the chapter filled with love and hope, and it is! At the same time though each time you read it, you will see something you didn’t see before.
The Bible speaks much about what it means to be an heir, it is the right of an heir to inherit what the father leaves behind. So it is with salvation, Romans 8:15 says we received the “spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, Abba! Father!”
I think about what it means to be an heir to God! How awesome is that? Verse 16 says we are children of God, verse 17 says that makes us heirs. Verse 17 also says that being a fellow heir with Christ means we will suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.
Being a child of God means that I will someday enter the Kingdom of God and live there, it will be my home. Before that though, suffering in His name is evidence that I belong to Him. I will suffer in His name when I don’t do what the world wants me to do, I will suffer when I work as if I work for God and not mere humans, I will suffer when I lose out on income I would’ve had if only I chose to tell a little lie.
I get that the sufferings I experience are not much when compared to what other Christians have suffered and still are. But it happens still because God chose me to be one of His, I am a child of the one true King and He determined the list of rights and wrongs and I aim to abide by it, even if that means that I will be called names by those who disagree with me, even if that means that certain labels will be attached to me by the world who thinks that God is no longer needed or that His book is outdated.
We are His kids! Sometimes that comes together by teaching a bunch of 5 and 6 year olds that nothing can separate us from His love, sometimes after a rough couple of hours at work you hear the echo of those kids reciting a simple verse in your head and it gives you just a little aha moment where you can see that nothing, absolutely nothing! can separate me from the love that God has for me!