I am a friend, a brother, a son, an employee, and a student.
Day by day I fulfill the duties that my various roles demand. When I’m at work, I’m an employee; when I’m at home or on the phone, I’m a friend; when I’m on Skype, I’m a son and a brother; and when I’m at bible college, I am a student. But at the end of every day, just before I go to bed, as I utter my evening prayer, I am reminded that I am God’s son.
Being His son, more than anything, should encourage me to seek His kingdom in the different dimensions of my life. Because it is my inheritance – an inheritance made possible by Jesus Himself, not by my own deeds. But in the middle of my pursuit, I often get lost and entangled by the exceeding demands of the world. For instance, at work, I get drowned by deadlines, meetings, and race for achievement. And when they get over my head, fear creeps in. What if tomorrow I won’t hold a good enough meeting, or if later I’ll find that my document is insufficient? Or as a friend, I get scared that my friends won’t accept me for my actions, or that they’ll abandon me when I don’t fit in with them anymore. Or as a student I fear that I’ll fail my test, or that I’ll take too many absences from class. It’s crazy when these thoughts take over. When they happen I feel like just wrapping myself up in a corner and watch how the world will mock me. And then in the darkest second of my despair, a small, still voice whispers…
14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 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.[a] And by him we cry, “Abba,[b] Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 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
Then suddenly I am reminded that I am first God’s son, above everything else. And as His son, I am entitled to a life free of fear, condemnation, and anxiety. And that all the things that the world throws at me is actually sharing in Jesus’ suffering – in order to also share in His glory.
There’s no greater feeling in the world than to be assured that a God so big, so mighty, so loving, and so unexplainably powerful, is your very own Father. When such feeling takes over, fear simply has no space to creep in. And then you’re sure that you can do anything! The world suddenly looks smaller, and your giants begin to shrink in size and number. How awesome is Our Lord.