What if I told you we aren’t all God’s children?
“What? Are you serious? You filthy heretic!”
Before I can, we need to get two things straight. First. We ARE all God’s creation (Colossians 1: 16-17). God has crafted every human being, and given life to you and I. Nothing is made without purpose. Second. Our acceptance of the Life, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus is what establishes us as a part of God’s family…His children.
“But to all who did receive Him,
He gave them the right to be[h] children of God,
to those who believe in His name,
who were born,
not of blood,[i]
or of the will of the flesh,
or of the will of man,[j]
but of God.”
You may have heard of John 3:16. God sent Jesus into the world to give us an opportunity to spend eternity with the Father. But as you may have heard, from pastors, teachers, TV, whatever, there is a choice to be made with Jesus. Simply put, we believe, or we don’t. Faith. Trusting in the truths we have received from God. No, not literally from God. I won’t sit here and say the Bible is written in the hand of the Creator (which would be sick!). The Bible is written by men (creation) of God, who received inspiration from our Creator in writings to God’s people and the Church (2 Timothy 3:16).
The verse previous from John tells us that those who received Him received the right to be children of God. Some received. Some denied. Those who believe in the name of Jesus are born, not a literal birth, but a birth of redemption. A new life in Christ, cleansed by the blood of a perfect sacrifice from God.
Look at Romans:
“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!””
Adopted. In my line of work, I’ve met kids who have been adopted. One of my favorite kids I have ever met was adopted. We’ll call her Ashley (that isn’t her real name). She came from a situation that seemed hopeless. No room to grow. Nowhere to go. But, she received a new family through adoption. A new hope. Freedom. When we receive Christ we receive a new hope. A new family. Abba. Not the band. Abba, Father. A Father we can cry to and look to for hope, freedom, and redemption.
Those who believe and receive become God’s children. The kids that can’t be beat. The undefeatable army. Loved by the Creator of the universe. Given hope of an eternity with our Father. Forever with God.
We are all created by God. When we receive the love and hope of Christ, we are adopted as children of a Father who sacrificed His own Son, for His children who would continue to lean on Him for hope for thousands of years to come.
“We are family. I got all my brothers and sisters with me.”
*This has every right to be a hymn*
Go camping. Or glamping. That’s a real thing.