There are so many times that even though I have read a verse before it jumps out at me in a new way. I have the pleasure of this experience happening quite a bit as I read through the Bible using The Message this year instead of my usual New International Version. The Message has such a fresh way of wording things and it makes the verses jump off the page. This happened to me just the other day with Romans 8:15.
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.
I read that and instantly thought, that is it! That’s what I want! As a believer I have the resurrection life within me. I know that I am saved by God’s grace through the blood of His Son. However, I think it’s possible to have the adventure and expectancy turned off in my everyday, routine life. Each new day I need God’s Spirit to touch mine and confirm who I really am! When I’m listening to God tell me who I am than I am excited and ready for whatever is next! So often God’s voice isn’t the one I tune into. Not listening to God is how life goes from an exciting adventure to grave-tending. I’m reminded that He is the one who defines and that definition and acceptance fuels the fire of my passion and desire to serve Him. I can’t muster up that drive on my own. It only comes from relationship with God. A daily relationship of letting Him define me and bring me to life.
Just some food for thought! Are you ready for what’s next? Are you excited for this adventure?