When we are facing a disaster like a serious medical diagnosis or job loss, the circumstances can quickly become emotionally consuming. The logistics of life can also become very complicated, at least for a season. It can seem impossible to find time, energy or ways of reaching out to others while in the midst of our own chaos yet God never excuses us from loving and serving others. We are part of a family.

Today’s scripture and discussion question challenge all of us in the area of sharing life together.

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. Romans 8:15-17

As children of the Heavenly Father, we share in His sufferings as well as His glory. It also means that we are part of a spiritual family. In what ways might God be prompting you to reach out to your Christian brothers and sisters today or this week?

These “Finding Glory Wednesdays” posts are an online discussion series based on the books Finding Glory in the Thorns and the companion Finding Glory in the Thorns: Group Discussion Guide by Larry and Lisa Jamieson. For more information about Finding Glory Groups, visit http://www.findingglory.com/findingglorygrou.html.