Scripture for Today: Romans 8:17 “Now if we are God’s 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.”
Meet King Henry the Third, my twenty-first Great Grandfather! Thanks to the years of research done by my sister, we can trace our family back to the early 1200’s. Although kindhearted, history portrays King Henry as weak and ineffectual during his reign starting in 1216. This image is of his effigy at his tomb located in Westminster Abbey. We are also direct descendants of the King Edwards I, II, and III. But will this discovery garner me more respect??
Today’s verse reminds me of my identity in Christ. I am not only a subject of the King, I am a child of the King. What an amazing thought! As His child I have access to the throne room of the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords! (Heb.4:16) I belong there! Because of the grace shown by Christ’s sacrifice, God extends to me His scepter, just as King Xerxes did for Queen Esther so long ago. His throne is called a “throne of grace” because there He dispenses His mercy and help in time of need. Isn’t that all the time?
I am not so sure I like the part about suffering. But in our fallen world suffering is inevitable, especially for doing the right thing. However, I have hope and can look forward to sharing in His glory! Would that I remember that my allegiance belongs to the King and not to the world. He is a King full of love and grace, welcoming me to His throne room.
Lord, help me remember that I am Your child and heir.