17 and if children, also heirs—heirs of God and coheirs with Christ—if indeed we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.
I enjoy watching the show on PBS that delves into the family lineage of well-known celebrities. Frankly, it’s not learning more about celebrities that interests me, but I am fascinated to see how researchers can go back centuries to help people learn from where they came. My sister has researched our family ancestry. We’ve learned things that have helped us better appreciate the blessing of our family heritage. We have also learned some things that have surprised us—but that’s another story for another time.
Romans 8 explains our ancestry in God’s family. Admittedly, it’s kind of hard to wrap your brain around being an heir of God and coheir with Christ. Then to also consider what it means to “suffer with Him” takes even more emotional and mental energy. This verse almost suggests we should expect, if not indeed embrace, this suffering, since it eventually leads to being glorified with Him.
The best way to understand Scripture is through other Scripture. To put this passage into context, just go back a couple chapters to Romans 6:5-8, where Paul tells us that our sin nature (our “old self”) was crucified with Him. So as Christ is glorified in His sinless nature, we will be too. And “glorified” means what? Look no further than the next verse of Romans 8: “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us.”
To be sure, we don’t know now what exactly that glory will look like, but it will be revealed to us then. We do know that it is the result of our adoption into God’s lineage through our faith in Jesus Christ. While we might not understand the logic or the process, we can be certain that being glorified with Him will be wonderful.
Questions to Ask Yourself
- Can you rest in the reality of knowing you are adopted into God’s lineage?
- Do you approach everyday life with the joy of knowing your adoption is secure forever?
- Can you look beyond the trials, temptations and travails of this life, not seeing yourself as a victim, but instead embracing the excitement of the glory you will receive as a coheir with Christ?
Pray that God will strengthen people in our church family that He is leading toward full time cross-cultural missions. Pray for courage and joy in their lives to answer and a willingness to sacrifice in order to obey.