42. God's children

God wants us all to truly realize what it means to be His Children, to truly understand what the impact thereof should be on our lives. I have heard the concept so many times in my life that I know I have become blasé over it. And I don't think that I am alone in this notion. What does it really mean that we are children of God? There are two concepts that God revealed to me this morning. The first one is that we must realize that we are born from above and no longer merely human beings. We are children of the King of Kings. Just think about it for a moment, children of the King of Kings. Wow. Breathe it in to the depths of your soul and realize that because of it, we can stand tall. We need to realize that we can live as royalty, with not a worry in the world. How can we stress about the future if our Father owns it all? We need to claim the authority that the Father gives us due to our position. We need to realize that our destinies are not linked to this world anymore, but to the New Jerusalem to come. We can keep our heads held high, because the Lord has ordained us and He loves us. Of course with this position of authority we also need to realize (as all royalty do) that our actions are being watched and we need to ensure that we present the values of our Father to this world.

The second concept is that we need to start living on this earth like cloven-footed animals. Cloven-footed animals have split hooves and wherever they walk they leave a split hoof print on the ground. In other words, with each step they take, they leave two prints, connected together at the bottom. And we need to be the same. We are living on the earth, but at the same time we should be living as God's children in heaven. We should focus on God and the realities of heaven, whilst conducting our lives here on earth. Paul says it lovely in Colossians 3:1:

"Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits at God's right hand in the place of honor and power."

I heard of a pastor in Sweden who was suffering severely with arthritis and was in a lot of pain. But when people asked him how he coped with it, he chuckled and said that his mind is so set on Christ and what is happening in heaven that he mostly forgets about his discomfort down here on earth. How wonderful if we can all be like that. How wonderful if we can focus on what is good and true about us, how wonderful if we can focus on how God sees us and the amazing potential we have inside, instead of thinking about all that is wrong with the world around us and our situations.

My desire for you is that you focus on God and being part of His family. Lift your head up high and know that you are royalty, representing God on earth. You'll find yourself coping so much better with your life and all the stress it represents. You will find yourself walking with a spring in your step, knowing the reality about yourself. You are meant for so much more than what this world can present, you are meant for higher things. You are God's beloved, His very own child, in whom He finds delight. What better resume can one have? The Lord of Lords and the King of Kings delights in you and thinks you are great.

"You are a chosen people. You are a kingdom of priests, God's holy nation, His very own possession." 1 Peter 2:9

Look yourself in the mirror and realize who you are in Christ. You will never be the same.

Thank you Lord for the privilege of being Your child. I realize what a wonderful gift it is from You. Help me to live according to my destiny as Your child and to make You proud. Amen.

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