Romans 8:15 – 17 This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It's adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike "What's next, Papa?" God's Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what's coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with him, then we're certainly going to go through the good times with him!
So, we have to realize who we are. Tomorrow night at school, I am speaking on identity. Steve spoke on it at the retreat, and I think that two or three more people will speak on it after me, but tomorrow is my night. I’m in the process of forming up my talk. I know that this passage in Romans 8 is key to understanding who we are. We are Son’s and Daughters of the King, and being so, we have an unbelievable inheritance. We should really be living life as an adventure, going form glory to glory as we press into all that He has for us. If you read all of Romans 8, you realize all that Christ has done for us, and you also begin to get the picture of who we are in the eyes of our Father.
He is calling us to co-labor with Him in bring His Kingdom here on the earth. We are not supposed to wait until Heaven, but help bring Heaven down her onto the earth. It only begins to make sense when you go back to Genesis, and begin to understant the nature and the depth of the calling that Papa gave Adam and Eve. They were to subdue the earth. They were to be fruitful and multiply. There were to be friends with God and walk with Him. It was their destiny to rule and reoign with Him over the earth as they expanded His Kingdom. Well, let me tell you, nothing has changed. That is still the calling that we have.
The good news is that Jesus, the second Adam, has come and taken back the keys that Adam and Eve gave to Satan. We have the authority, through Jesus, to act like we aere supposed to act, to be who we were supposed to be. The main problem is that most of the church has bought into the half truth that “I’m just a sinner saved by grace”. Yes, you are a sinner saved by grace, but you are not JUST a sinner. You are so much more than that. You are saved by grace. But Grace is so much more than just for salvation. Grace is what empowers you to do His will when you don’t have the resources. Grace is what empowers us to do everything that God tells us. It’s what lets us press into so much more than we can imagine. It does give us freedom.but in sop many more ways ahd things than we could have ever imagined.
So, our true identity lies in Him. How we see Him affects how we see ourselves. Don’t be afraid to press into things that you have no earthly reason to expect to change. With God, all things are possible, and there is no limit to what we can accomplish. He is our source, our lover and our life. We are brothers and Sisters in Christ, joint heirs for the King’s inheritance. What an awesome inheritance it will be. We can truly come to Him and ask Him “what’s next?” Don’t be afraid, He loves to tell you little clues.