Saturday, March 27th 2021
Title : Be children of God
Author: Pastor Andrew Lim
Translator: Irene Hong
In the Chinese history of imperial power and royal succession, each prince used all means to compete for the throne. For man to want to become a child of God, there is no need to think of any kinds of means, no violence needed to rob, no blood needed to shed. Anyone who would like to become the son of God, the son of heaven, will become one, through the authority or rights given by God. This is the promise and gift of God. It is available to anyone who believes in the name of Jesus.
The Bible says: Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God
Since ancient times, was there anyone who dared to call God our Father?
In man’s opinion, we are separated very far away from God: He is so high that we are unable to reach, unable to even draw near to Him. Now we can call God our Father, this address reveals how intimate our relationship is with the Most High. God let us be His heirs, to become children of the Almighty one, thus we share all the privileges as Children of God have, what an honour we have that we are able to enter and share the blessings and joy of being in God’s family. Becoming a child of God is like a hundred times an elevation of status , as we are able to inherit the spiritual blessings of heaven; others are unable to understand and unable to enjoy the intimate relationship of this inheritance that only children can have.
The worldly father treats his children as he wishes, which means how he treats his children depends on his mood, depends on his educational level, depends on his upbringing. But when we know God is our Heavenly father, then surely He is different from the earthly father. When we are able to call God as our father, we know that we are accepted by God, and valued by Him, treasured by him, cherished by Him.
Originally we have no relationship with God, but when we are willing to accept, willing to believe in His son Jesus Christ, we become children of God through His promise, and we begin to build a very intimate relationship with God. This joy and happiness that is felt in our hearts is an intimate feeling that is beyond words.
Men fear God because men do not know God. Paul said: “God lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see.” When men came before God and called upon Him, their hearts would be filled with fear, reverent and at times feeling at loss; but when God recognized them as His children, their moods changed. “The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father’.” We can call God “Abba Father”. When men were able to call God as father, their hearts would instead be filled with joy and happiness, and have a close intimate feeling that desires to draw near to Him. We no longer fear God, but have become intimate with Him, and able to come before His presence to talk to Him fearlessly.
In the eyes of men, or in the eyes of parents, relative and friends, or even in your own eyes, you can be dissatisfied with yourself or look down at yourself, but when you come before God, you must know that He is your father, and He values you because you are His children, He sees you as His precious treasure. This type of relationship by itself is honour and glory——this identity and status surpass all relationship of the world.
Earthly parents may be disappointed with their children because they did not reach their expectations, they may even distance themselves from their children, or vent their feelings at their children, but God would never do so.
He will never give up on us, will never treat us arbitrarily. The Bible said: His love to us is wide and long and high and deep, His love to us never change, He promised that goodness and love will follow us. Thus we only need to come before Him each time with a heart of thanksgiving instead of being fearful and frightened.
Prayer: Our Father who is in heaven, we want to praise you from the bottom of our hearts, who are we, that you have chosen us to become your children; and valued, and treasured, and cherished in the palm of your hands. That we are able to enjoy the peace and joy and status of our identity on earth, and we are able to inherit the heavenly blessing and able to draw your eternal grace at any time. We want to spend each day of our lives in thanksgiving. Thank you, and in Jesus name, Amen.