We set out to discover thirty pieces or gifts that Jesus has for His children and discovered things such as rest, open doors, courage, and humility. This next piece of the Lord’s treasure is called SONSHIP. The gospel of John says, “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” (1:12) The apostle Paul details this in his letter to the church in Rome: “For those who are led by the Spirit of Go 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.” (Romans 8:14-17)
Abba is a title that teaches us a great deal about this gift of sonship and our position as a child of God. This would be one of the first words a child learned to speak. Abba connotes intimacy between child and parent as well as respect. It shows us the reason why Jesus constantly tells us not to be afraid. As a parent, I would do anything for my children. Anything! How much more is the Creator, our Heavenly Father, ready to lavish on His children? As a child of God, one of our biggest blessings is that we are no longer slaves to the world’s way of life. Paul’s letter reminds us that the world’s way of doing things reaps fear and uncertainty. Even the great King Solomon in his reflections in the book of Ecclesiastes concluded that everything under the sun is meaningless. As children of the Most High, we are free from fear because He is Protector and Lover of our souls.
Your heavenly Father loves you so much, he sent his only Son to die for you so that you may be freed from the chains of worldly slavery and be given a new life of love and relationship with Abba, Father!
You are no longer a face in the crowd of millions, lost and alone. You are called by God as His son or daughter to live a life that glorifies Him and testifies to the riches of His grace. Jesus said, “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”
Lord, thank you for this new day that you’ve given me. Thank you for loving me. Lead me to the people and places Your will would have me go and give me the courage to be a helpful servant. Thank you for saving me and setting me free. Remind me often that I’m your beloved child because the world would rather help me forget that truth. My Beautiful Savior, thank you for enduring the cross and reminding me not to be afraid. May your Holy Name be praised forever!