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.[f] And by him we cry, “Abba,[g] Father.”Romans 8: 14,15
The word Gospel means “good news,” which many of you may know, if you’ve ever had a Sunday School class or Bible study like those I’ve been to. We tend to associate “Gospel” only with Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Today in Romans, however, Paul gives us pretty wonderful news–good news!
We no longer have to live in fear. We don’t have to fear today; we don’t have to fear tomorrow; we don’t have to fear yesterday (and it’s easy to be afraid of our past, just as it’s easy to be afraid of our future). I don’t know about you, but I’ve been known to fall ill with the anxiety bug, especially once I started college. Looming deadlines, endless monotony, horridly inadequate sleep. It all adds up to a racing heart and a racing mind.
It’s easy to carry this strung-out attitude to our faith. I’ll confess that I’ve already gotten stressed out about this blog, and we’ve barely been at it a week. It’s easy to create deadlines and to-do lists–pray this many times, meditate on this passage, read this chapter in the next fifteen minutes. But today we learn the good news: we aren’t slaves to the Deadlinemaster; we do not bow to the god of To-Dos. The Spirit we received does not make us slaves. Rejoice in that good news! God is not whipping us into shape like servants. So what is he doing? He is raising us up like children. We have been adopted. He loves us like we are his own–because we are his own.
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.[f] And by him we cry, “Abba,[g] Father.”
I’ll be perfectly honest, I’ve struggled a good deal with this one, but here is my quirky acronym:
4L + CoG/SoG + SSSSS + “ABBA” (helps if you start to sing dancing queen). = Romans 8:14, 15.
Ok, this isn’t my best work, and it probably explains part of why it was hard for me to recall the verse. Onward and upward! (And praises for the editing process that can revise this acronym if anything on here ever gets published.)