A Child’s Obligation
Last week I talked about the father and his relationship to us; what and how we should receive that relationship from him.
I want to elaborate this week on that subject, but more of what is required from us as his children and what in fact stamps us as his children. I talked about me not receiving God as a father and though I was able to see my relationship with the father through my own life, I was basically being rebellious. It wasn’t until I gave up on the flesh (me) that I allowed the spirit of God to not just live in me but lead me.
“Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. 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 sonship. 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.”
You see that we all as God’s children have an obligation. In most translations, it’s said that we are debtors not to the flesh. We are required and owe our allegiance to being lead by the spirit of God. This pleases God because the flesh is at enmity with God. Therefore we pledge our allegiance and seal our sonship by submitting our lives to the leading of the spirit. Though this may seem like a chore, as some children would see it as rule and regulation; it is in fact a privilege. Though we die to the flesh we are resurrected or reborn through the spirit of God. This is the same spirit that resurrected Jesus Christ from the dead. Now this spirit lives, abides and reigns on the inside of us by our will. This gives us identity, purpose and obligation that’s not to the flesh but to the spirit of God.
Remember God is Love & iGodYou