“We are all God’s children”.
I’ve heard this so many times that I started to believe it. That is until, many years ago, I heard my Pastor teach us otherwise. Surely he was wrong; but once I turned to the Bible I had to agree with his teaching. Yes, we are all creations of God, but all are not His children. While that may sound harsh, it is the truth.
Some of you reading this may be mothers so I'm sure you understand what I'm saying. If you are in a roomful of children and you hear a child cry out for “Mommy” you will know instantly if that is your child because know the cry of your baby! Each of those children in that room are precious, but it’s the sound of your child that will set you in motion!
Galatians 4:3-7 (NLT)
But when the right time came, God sent His Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent Him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that He could adopt us as His very own children. And because we are His children, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.”
We became daughters of the Most High God when we were adopted into His family through our acceptance of Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. John 1:12 confirms this truth “But to all who believed Him and accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of God.” The “Him” here is referring to Jesus Christ. We also see this truth in Galatians 3:26 “For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.”
As a woman who had an absentee (earthly) father this gives me a strong sense of security knowing that God is not some invisible being who resides somewhere up there in the sky. Instead He is my Abba Father and in Him I am protected, provided for, loved and secured! Okay…but it also means that He corrects me when I sin! Yep-every time! However, I am grateful for the correction because it’s further evidence of His great love towards me. Hebrews 12:6 says “For the Lord disciplines those He loves and He punishes each one He accepts as His child.” I know you mom’s out there understand this! It’s not fun to punish your disobedient child, but it is necessary sometimes, right? That’s our God! That’s our Father…our Abba Father. And I’m so thankful for Him.
Are you living in a way where you acknowledge God as your Father?
Have you accepted your rights and taken hold of the privilege of the access you have to your Abba Father?
Today, reflect on the ways the Most High God has shown Himself as your Father.
God bless you. Stay encouraged.