For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. Roman 8:14
Isn’t everyone who lives on planet earth God’s child? Many think so and refer to the human race as children of God. It is a warm, fuzzy concept but untrue. Everyone who lives on planet earth is God’s creation but not necessarily His child. The dividing line is what each one does with Jesus.
In John 8, Jesus told a few Jewish people, including its leaders, that the only ones who were really disciples were the ones who followed Him. Those who didn’t accept Him as the Messiah and follow His teaching were slaves of sin. The Jews were indignant, insisting that they were related to Abraham and were not slaves to anyone. Had they forgotten that they had been slaves of many nations during their long history? And even while they were saying this to Jesus, they were under the domination and authority of the Roman Empire? Pride does obscure the naked truth!
It is not possible to be led by the Spirit of God if I have not embraced Christ. Why? Because the Spirit of God will lead me to think and act like Jesus. His Words and His actions will challenge my own thoughts and actions most every moment I am alive. His Spirit will call me to do what is against my old nature. Submitting to the steep climb will not be possible without loving the One I follow. It will be too hard to sustain the pace without the fuel of love propelling me upward.
Another paraphrase of today’s scripture is this, from Jesus’ teaching. All who love Jesus will prove it by listening to and obeying His Spirit. Deferring as a way of life defines sons and daughters of God.
Even now, the thought of following you in the hard things makes me feel alive. There is an ache to walk the path of Your Spirit. Amen