Children of God

IMG_0753John 1:12-13 NASB
[12] But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, [13] who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

God calls those who He adopts into His family children. We are children of God not finished growing adults. Our bodies might be fully formed but as far as living a Godly life, thinking thing through biblically we need to grow so much..

Not long ago, I saw a Twitter comment denouncing Christianity, because we have to admit we a sinful before God will accept us and went on to say it’s like a parent rejecting a child unless they day they are bad. The statement isn’t wrong but misses the point.

God knows we are sinners, He already loves us and waits for us. Our parents love us, know we need their help but can’t do anything for us unless we let them. There are infants who refuse to latch on to their mothher’s nipple in order to nurse. They can’t understand the milk they need is right there. The mother is often crying in frustration, going to lactation specialist, search for ways to let her precious child know she had his food. The infant has to choose to latch on to the mother to get fed.

As a child gets older there are more and more areas where a child decides to accept its parents help or reject its parents completely. A good parent will always be there with a hand out, offering guidance and may become distressed if the child refuses needed help. A good parent will let the child grow through trail and error, allowing a child to learn through natural consequences. A good parent will also teach his/ her child through fair discipline.

A parent knows his/ her child will be a lot of work, make a lot of mistakes, take a lot time and cost a lot of money. A child is hard work it is an imperfect being, learning and growing. The more they learn and grow the less they need. No parent thinks the child they take home fru the hospital will be walking, talking and never make mistakes but they are willing to let that child choose them.

Always welcoming us to make the choice, God is the ultimate father. He knows exactly how flawed and confused we are. God is very aware that we aren’t perfect and are sinful being but is standing waiting with His arms wide open, for us to need Him, want Him choose Him. Then once we choose Him, He wants us to listen so we don’t have to deal with the natural consequences of our actions. He will continually forgive us and welcome us, no matter what. The only thing we have to do is reach for Him say “Daddy, help me, guide me and help me be a better person.”

We have to see our need, before we can accept our need for Jesus we have to see where we are unfinished. Before we give ourselves over to God we have to understand we need Him in our lives. God loves us enough that He gives us a choice to be in a relationship with Him or not.

God accepts us as parents accept a child. He accepts our imperfections. God loves us even though we make mistakes, hurt people with our actions, hurt ourselves with our actions. God loves us even though continually we take his name in vain, put other things before Him and never keep the sabbath.

We are all lost children without God. Look at the news, the hate, the bitterness of society. Just look at the infantile me attitude of those in the world. If everyone is first and everyone only thinks of themselves, then what happens to kindness? If the only thing that matters is personal instant gratification, then aren’t there are a lot of people getting used and hurt?

Until we accept God, we are a lost, doing the best to make the best decisions we can. We end up hurt, lonely and unsatisfied because we need help of someone who knows better.

So, yes, I think the world is foolish for not accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior. Why reject a God that is love and offers complete forgiveness just for wanting a relationship with Him? Why on earth would we turn away from someone who sees us as the lost children we are and love us unconditionally?
Romans 9:8 NASB
[8] That is, it is not the children of the flesh who are children of God, but the children of the promise are regarded as descendants.

Philippians 2:14-18 NASB
[14] Do all things without grumbling or disputing; [15] so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, [16] holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain. [17] But even if I am being poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with you all. [18] You too, I urge you, rejoice in the same way and share your joy with me.

1 John 3:1-3 NASB
[1] See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. [2] Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. [3] And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

1 John 5:1-12 NASB
[1] Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and whoever loves the Father loves the child born of Him. [2] By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments. [3] For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome. [4] For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world-our faith. [5] Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? [6] This is the One who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ; not with the water only, but with the water and with the blood. It is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. [7] For there are three that testify: [8] the Spirit and the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. [9] If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater; for the testimony of God is this, that He has testified concerning His Son. [10] The one who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself; the one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has given concerning His Son. [11] And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. [12] He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.

Acts 2:37-39 NASB
[37] Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren, what shall we do?” [38] Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. [39] For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.”
Ephesians 5:1-2 NASB
[1] Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; [2] and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.
Mark 10:24-27 NASB
[24] The disciples were amazed at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! [25] It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” [26] They were even more astonished and said to Him, “Then who can be saved?” [27] Looking at them, Jesus said, “With people it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.”

Romans 8:12-17 NASB
[12] So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh- [13] for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. [14] For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. [15] For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” [16] The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, [17] and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.
Sincerely with

Humility Grace Mercy

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