16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 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. 18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. (Rom. 8:16-18)
We too often have our eyes on the wrong prize. We come to Jesus for what he may “add” to our lives. In our view, that addition is what will make life easier. You can see it in how people approach a simple thing like elections. For too many believers, it is in a spirit of fear.
It may be because we have looked to Jesus as the addition we need for life to stay “smooth”, and smooth is according our definition.
This is not the promise of the Father. This is not life in the Spirit.
The mark of being an heir of the Father in this passage is… suffering.
We want all unicorns and puppy dogs.
God wants maturity.