HEIRS OF GOD; JOINT-HEIRS WITH CHRIST I
“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are children of God: and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” – Romans 8:16-18
An heir is one who is legally entitled to the property or rank of another on that other person’s death. Every believer in Jesus Christ is an heir of God; a joint- heir with Christ. Redemption qualifies a believer to have access to the ‘property’ of God and the status of son-ship with God. What a great privilege redemption has given to us in Christ! The Bible says:
“How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him.” – Hebrews 4:3
The great privilege of being heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ comes with a price. There is a price for being identified with Jesus. Jesus said:
“And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciples.” – Luke 14:27
As believers, we must lay aside selfish desires and be kingdom focused in our daily engagements. We must understand that we do not just belong to Him to have our personal needs on the earth met; we belong to Him to serve His purposes on the earth and service the interest of His kingdom. Our service must not be superficial (that is, anchored only on what we can get from Him or simply to have our needs met by Him).
We must live to serve others as His Kingdom demands while giving up our rights;
- We must accept responsibility to live as Christ did;
- We must resist pressure to conform to the world;
- We must deny ourselves daily to please Him and further the interest of His kingdom.
We must go beyond thinking, talking and acting in our relationship with God based on what is in it for us to what we can do (as empowered by Him) to advance His course on the earth. This is the foundation for the revelation of His glory!
Scriptures for meditation: Luke 9:23-24; Luke 14:26-27
Jesus is Lord!