The Benefits Of Serving God
The word, breathtaking, simply means “astonishing or awe – inspiring in quality, so as to take one’s breath away”. Being a child of God is one of the amazing things that could ever happen to anyone. Obviously there are numerous reasons why serving God is an awesome privilege.
In this article, we will be able to know those points.
In Romans 8: 14 -17, it states that “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The 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 son-ship, And by him we cry, ‘Abba Father ‘. The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now 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”.
Here are the following points:
Divine authority has been given to us to act as believers in every sphere of our lives. Every child of God should know that he or she has strong reasons to act authoritatively in any challenge we face each day.
A child does not always (or even often) address his/her father as “Father”. Such a child most likely has a different term for him that shows he/she loves, trusts or is familiar with his/her father, such as “Dad” or “Papa”. And this is how Christians can approach the all-powerful Creator of the universe, who sustains us. Romans 8:15b confirms that “By him we cry ‘Abba”
We are not to fear, but enjoy our son-ship as a child of God. An employee or a servant basically obeys out of fear of punishment, loss of job, etc. But a child-parent relationship is not characterized by a fear of losing the relationship.
“For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The 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 son-ship”. We don’t need to be perturbed whenever there are issues bothering us.
“The Spirit…testifies with our Spirit”. This implies that we are already have evidence that we are Christians. We know we trust God as our Father and He cannot forsake us in our trying times. All the beautiful promises in His Word concerning our lives must surely come to fulfillment.
All these pieces of evidence leads our “spirit” – our hearts – to have a measure of confidence that we really are His. But there will be times when, as we cry out to Abba, we find ourselves deeply assured that He really is our Abba (Father). That is the Spirit’s work, testifying for us and to us that we truly are Sons of the Living God.
“Now if we are children, then we are heirs… if indeed we share in his sufferings” (v 17). Fathers always discipline their children. When parents discipline a child, they allow or introduce a milder form of pain in order to teach or nurture the child away from behavior that will lead to far greater pain later.
The book of Hebrews 12:9-10 explains: “We have all had human fathers who disciplined us…but God disciplines us for our good”. A good father will lovingly discipline. He will not use his authority selfishly to indulge his own need to feel powerful or in control.
But neither will he be so needy for his child’s love and approval that he never does what is hard or difficult. It is a (painful) privilege to be put through discipline by the most loving Father in the universe.
“Now if we are children, then we are heirs” (v17). This means we have an incredible future. In more ancient times, the first son was the heir. There may have been many children, and all were loved, but the heir got the largest share of the wealth of the family.
Now, in a breathtaking turn, He calls all Christians “heirs of God”. This is a miracle, of course, because the heir got the lion’s share of the parent’s wealth. There is so much in store for us; it’s so grand and glorious that it will be, and will feel, as though we each had alone gotten most of the glory of God.
7. Family Likeness.
“We share in his sufferings” (Romans 8:17). Christians will suffer, not only simply in the pains of this world that all people face, but specifically because they are brothers and sisters of Christ. Christ faced rejection because of who he was, and because he had come to expose sinfulness, warn of judgement and offer salvation through Himself.
Likewise, his family will suffer in the same way as they live for him and speak of him. As sons of God, we actually come to resemble the Son of God. As we bear the family likeness of suffering, we become more and more like the Son, and our Father, in our characters and attitudes. This is how the Christians look at persecution and counts it as a privilege. (See Acts 5:41, I Peters 4:13,16).
In summary, we have seen the awesome benefits we have in being the child of the Most High God. Keeping on serving God faithfully.