A few weeks ago I shared a cute infographic with you, about our identity in Jesus Christ. If you read it, you know that the first one I included was “Child of God”. Why? Because to me, that’s the one that defines us and describes us better than the others.
In this article, I will share with you that is the meaning of being a child of God and what this entails.
First, I want you to acknowledge the importance of knowing that you are, in fact, a child of God. We could say that if a Christian doesn’t accept this identity, s/he doesn’t accept God as her/his Father. So, would s/he really be a Christian?
“…you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.” Romans 8:15-16
This is one of the reasons why many Christians are not able to “connect” with their Father. Maybe because they are too focused on the religion part and less so in the relationship part. Perhaps, they have a distorted image of God due to bad experiences with their earthly Father.
Despite these “reasons”, we must remember that we were all created by God but only the believers are His children so you have everything you need to have a proper relationship with your Father: “ But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.” John 1:12.
What does being a child of God imply?
That being said, we must not take it lightly. Being a child of God not only has privileges, but also important responsibilities.
In biblical times, sons and daughters would follow their parents’ calling. So, being someone’s son or daughter would determine people’s identity and calling. That’s why, when we say that we are children of God, it’s much more than that. This not only determines our identity but also our character, thoughts, and behavior.
So we should live as God would: with integrity, joy, peace, etc.
For in him we live and move and exist. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ (Acts 17:28)
Galatians 2:20 confirms this:
My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
That’s why we shouldn’t be surprised if God tries to correct or discipline us. When David thought he should build a temple for the Ark of God (2 Samuel 7: 1-16), the Lord made a covenant promise to him in which He told David that his son would build it, not him and He added: “I will be his father, and he will be my son. If he sins, I will correct and discipline him with the rod, like any father would do.”
We know that we are God’s children, right? Therefore, we know that our Father will discipline us because we need it. It’s for our own sake because He loves us.
As I mentioned before, the children of God have amazing privileges and very important responsibilities.
Privileges of a child of God:
- We can “come boldly to the throne of our Gracious God.” We are allowed to enter boldly to His throne and there we will find His grace when we need it the most!! (Hebrews 4:16)
- We will inherit all His blessings. On the post I mentioned before about our identity in Jesus Christ, #5 is that we are God’s heirs. But even better, in Revelation 21:7 God promises His blessings to “all who are victorious”.
- We get to live Heaven on Earth. Jesus taught us to pray this: “May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven”. If we follow Him and live as He wants us to be, we will get to experience a bit of heaven right where we are.
- We have authority. Since we are no longer slaves, we have authority on earth and in Heaven like Jesus tells us: Matthew 18:18 “I tell you the truth, whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.”
- We are guided by the Holy Spirit. Romans 8:14 “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.” and Galatians 4:6 “And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” We are guided to make good decisions and act according to God’s will.
- We are the image of God on earth. His children are His reflection. We are called to be the light and salt of the world.
Responsibilities of a child of God:
- Honor God’s name. We must honor our Father’s name and reputation. Paul reminds the Romans: “No wonder the Scriptures say, “The Gentiles blaspheme the name of God because of you.” (Romans 2:24)
- Respect God. We have the privilege to come boldly to His throne must we mustn’t be bold with God, defy Him or question Him. Besides, we shouldn’t get used to His presence so much that we no longer identify it or feel it.
- Listen and obey God’s voice. Like we used to do with our earthly father when we were younger: “the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows him everything he is doing.” (John 5:19-20)
- Be under His authority. God delegates His authority in some entities but the most important are: our Parents and the Church. He did that for our protection. (Ephesians 6:1). We obey these two entities and we…
- put ourselves under God’s protection.
- are blessed, healthy, victorious and prosperous.
Next time you are called something else, remember and think to yourself that you are a child of God and you have His protection, His guidance, and His love.
I hope this post has reminded you of your true identity.
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Be gracious and don’t forget God’s love never fails.