"See how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him." 1 John 3:1
Are you a child of God?
I remember the first time that anyone ever asked me that question. I was about thirty years old and had never really thought about who I was as a believer of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Oh sure, I had believed in him since I was a child. I had said yes to the Jesus that I knew at seven. And I had even said He could have all of me at the age of about twenty-eight. But no one had ever brought up the question: Do you really know who you are as a child of God?
It turned me on my ear. I was a child of God? I really was a child of God. And because I was a child of God I had both privileges and responsibilities. And I also had some consequences that wouldn't be the most exciting consequences in life, but would be the kind of consequences that would be walked through with Jesus by my side.
A few privileges I've learned to receive over time.
When we are unaware of our identity in Christ we make decisions with our emotions or our common sense being our guide. Our emotions fluctuate and our common sense can only be used from our own perspective.
But when we are aware of our identity as children of God we have a few responsibilities to take into consideration.
When we are aware of consequences that come because we are Children of God we can be a bit overwhelmed. And there are a few.
However, after we place this lens over our eyes to understand who we are in Him. We can move forward and figure out who He made us specifically to be (a writer, doctor, swimmer, painter...) But until we know that nothing can shake us loose from His hand. NOTHING can remove us from being His Child. There is a security and safety that allows us to handle anything that comes our way in that knowledge that does not come from anything else.
When we are His Child, who can be against us?
When we are His Child, we can take courage because He will fight for us.
When we are His Child, He will never leave us, nor forsake us.
When we are His Child, we are gifted to be as strong as we need to be because we can handle all things through Him who strengthens us.
When we are His Child, we can be courageous in all endeavors because He has told us to 'Take courage.'
When we are His Child, we are able to find love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. Because we are given the fruit of the Holy Spirit
You see, dear reader, you might be married and your spouse passes away, or divorces - you are no longer a wife, or husband. You are someone's daughter or son until your parent dies and then you are no longer a daughter or a son. If you are a teacher, you might lose your voice and can no longer teach. You might have a child and no matter how much you don't want it to happen, that child might pass away. You are no longer mother, father. You can lose your job and no longer be what you once were.
But NOTHING can EVER remove you from being a Child of God. NOTHING can separate you from Him.
And because we are his children we have love that is bestowed on us that helps us deal with the hardships of life we can look with confidence at any part of the world that does not receive us.
Be excited about this reality. If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior you are His child and you are safe.
Until next Monday.
Next week we will take a break from this series because it is Christmas week.
Look forward to sharing my Christmas thoughts.
He is the I AM,
Robyn Rochelle Cox
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