The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. (Romans 8:16–18, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Think of some of your worst days. On how many of those days did you ask (maybe not out loud) “why is this happening to me?” Did you ever once think it was so you would “share in His glory?” Did you ever once think well this is “not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in [me]?” Did you ever once think that this is the Spirit Himself testifying with my spirit that I am God’s child?
My Advice -If you’re like me, these were not your first thoughts. Or second. Or third. It’s hard, when in the midst of difficult times, to ask “why not” instead of why. But it should be a comforting thought that no matter what the circumstances, we are still “heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ.” Let’s move these thoughts up to the first thing that comes to mind when the going gets tough.
Inspired today’s sermon by Pastor Kevin Rutledge.