Reflection: A bit like every other sentence or passage in Romans, there is lots of cool stuff exploding out of these verses. Freeing us from slavery to sin, and the fear of judgment such imprisonment brings, the Holy Spirit brings about our inclusion into the family of God. The children of God have God’s own Spirit, described evocatively a few verses earlier as “the Spirit of Christ” (v 9). That is enough to send your mind shooting off in all kinds of directions, trying to handle having such a Spirit within your very person. But stop to notice the intimate relationship that the Spirit brings us into. As the Spirit testifies, we are God’s children. Having been on the outer, we are now adopted into the close-knit family unit where Jesus shares divine love with his Heavenly Father. We, too, can relate to the same Almighty God as the ultimate, approachable dad. And we can use the same family name for God that Jesus expressed in Aramaic in the Garden of Gethsemane: “Abba, Father” (see Mark 14:36).
Question: Spend a few minutes – or more – wrapping your head around being able to call God “Abba, Father.” Now, what joy will that bring you today?
Prayer: Abba, Father, I am awed at having such an intimate bond with you, Creator of all. Thank you for adopting me into your family. Help me to remember how wonderful this relationship is. Amen.