Thursday, February 22, 2018

“Sons and Daughters"

"Sons and Daughters"

     Born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ serve God as beloved sons and daughters rather than merely hired servants.

    "Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ" (Galatians 4:7).
    "But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name" (John 1:12).

     Salvation spiritually births us into "the whole family in Heaven and earth" (Ephesians 3:15).  We thus relate to God through motivations based on relationship, devotion, commitment, affection, and heartfelt willingness to sacrifice for our loved One.  We can be tempted otherwise, descending into the lowlands of serving our Heavenly Father in terms of mercenary obligation rather than grateful wonder.  This displeases Him, as it should us.  "Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?" (Galatians 3:3).  The Christian life begins in the love of God revealed and received.  It continues thereby in terms of family devotion wherein a Father's love progressively nurtures the same response in devoted children who find themselves increasingly amazed by the grace that commences, continues, and culminates God's purposes in us.  "As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him, rooted and built up in Him, and stablished in the faith as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving" (Colossians 2:6-7).  

    Any lesser view of family relationship with God fails to meet the test of both Truth and experience of His grace in the Lord Jesus.  Our spiritual enemies decisively tempt us regarding this fundamental reality of what it means to genuinely relate to our Lord.  They know perhaps better than do we ourselves that works proceed from wonder, namely, God's ongoing revelation of loving grace in the Lord Jesus and our discovery thereof.  Only such illumination produces the motivation of heart and manner of walk that reveals the Father's love, the Son's redemption, and the Spirit's active presence in us.  "The whole family in Heaven and earth."  We are part of it, and we serve God rightly only as the realization of such grace thrills and fills our hearts with the wonder of His holy and loving purpose…

"I will receive you and be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters saith the Almighty."
(II Corinthians 6:18)

Weekly Memory Verse
    But unto the Son He saith, Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of Thy kingdom.
(Hebrews 1:8)   


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