For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And, by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” NIV
I am blown away by this reminder. This is exactly what I needed to hear this morning. I woke up feeling a bit overwhelmed and worried about the things this day will hold. But, God says, I don’t have to feel that way.
“You did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear.”
Don’t go back to living that fearful, worried life! You don’t have to. You are a child of God.
Listen to how The Message paraphrases it: The resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a child-like, “What’s next, Papa?”
When I was a kid, my dad had a full-time job, and he was in graduate school. I didn’t get to spend tons of time with him. But once, right after my little sister was born, my father took me, all by myself, to a big amusement park. All day. Just me and him.
The whole family went on the trip, even the baby. We had to drive a day to get there, and we got to stay two nights in a hotel.
It was one of the most memorable days of my life. I still remember what I wore, even the bauble my mom put in my hair.
That day was a true adventure. We rode roller coasters over and over and over, and log flumes … I had never done either of these things. I was thrilled. After each ride, I couldn’t imagine what adventure might be next.
This verse calls me to live that life each day, with God, an adventurous, expectant life.
That’s an amazing thing to think about today.