Have you ever considered the blessings of being called a child of God?
The benefits are manifold as God not only promises to abide with us as we abide in Him, but according to John 1, as a child of God we will also enjoy eternal life. In a similar manner, David compares God to our shepherd who according to Psalm 23 provides, protects, teaches, and guides through the different circumstances of life. All of these examples of the many blessings our heavenly Father lavishes upon us. One of the great parables of Jesus is that of prodigal son who after wasting his inheritance and generally making a mess of his life, returns to find that not only is his father willing to forgive him, but that he is willing to restore his wayward child, choosing to love him despite his actions. O how our heavenly Father loves each of us.
Jesus compared being a child of God to having a good father who responds to the requests of his child by establishing good things in his life. This does not necessarily mean pleasant things for any good parent understands the necessity of discipline. Likewise, our heavenly Father is able to correct and discipline not in order to harm us but so that we can continue to grow in our relationship with Him as well as learn how to live according to His will. In His wisdom, God always knows what is best for us and is willing and able to accomplish in our lives those things which will be of greatest benefit to us.
The glorious but simple truth is this, God only has one Son, his name is Jesus Christ; however, to those who believe on His Son are given the right to be called the children of God. So it matters not what family you were born in, or what nationality you are, or even what your past looks like. To be called a child of God we simply need to repent of our sins, ask the Lord Jesus Christ to forgive us, and then begin to live in faith believing that God has accepted us as His child.
Bart Stoltey is the pastor of the Reedsport Assembly of God. Phone number: 541-271-3379.