Even though Different Strokes debuted way back in 1978, I am pretty confident that many of you know the familiar saying ”What you talking about, Willis?” The premise of this dated sitcom is two young orphan boys coming to live with Mr. Drummond, a widowed and very wealthy New York businessman, his daughter Kimberly, and the housekeeper, Mrs. Garrett. The boys went from rags to riches, coming from the streets of Harlem to a high rise condominium in Manhattan. The weekly episodes had typical sitcom lessons of growing up with the loving guidance of their adoptive father.
Paul writes in Romans 8 ways to go from rags to riches. This whole chapter is a reminder to set our minds and lives on God. We may feel like Willis and Arnold and may face challenges and suffer in various ways. We may feel alone and want guidance and support. Well this chapter is a great one to mark to remind of us the gift we have in our loving Father. Specifically verses 15-23 remind us that we all have been slaves of sin and can be set free from sin if we follow his will. We have a rich Father who yearns to be part of our lives. He wants to adopt every single one of us and gives us hope for our coming “adoption day”. Now isn’t that something to talk about, Willis?