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. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 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.”
By Janey Waters
My mother hand-selected the above Scripture verses to be read at her funeral service which will take place on January 5, 2013. Imagine the comfort this gives me on the day before we say our final goodbyes. And, when it is my time, not only will I get to see Jesus in His glory, but will see all creation who anticipate the day when we will join all God’s children in glorious freedom from death.
As Christians, we delight in the promise of these verses. But, what about those we know who are not yet saved – maybe family members, friends, or acquaintances? The thought of eternal separation from loved ones can cause great emotional pain. So, what can we do so that we do not feel so helpless and hopeless?
First, we must tell our loved ones that we have been saved which will be a gift and source of great comfort to those left behind who will mourn. Secondly, when possible, share your faith with them so that they, too, might come to know Jesus. Thirdly, if circumstances or the nature of the relationship prevents this, know that you can pray for God to move in their hearts.
Though both of my parents are now deceased, I praise God that I have not been abandoned. Abba, my Heavenly Father, adopted me when I accepted His Son as my Savior. Never before have I been so thankful for being a Christian. The thought of one day being reunited with my parents, when all of us are in a perfectly healed state, gives me great joy and hope. We will be different and, will be in the condition which our Father had intended from the beginning.
In the meantime, “we wait anxiously for that day when God will give us our full rights as children, including the new bodies he has promised us.”
What a glorious day that will be!