8th Sunday After Pentecost
“THE WORTH OF BEING GOD’S CHILDREN”
We are called disciples, servants, soldiers, ambassadors and workers in His vineyard. All of these titles or descriptions remind us of our responsibilities of being faithful followers of Christ. But what about our relationship with God? The Bible tells us that a true follower of Christ or every true Christian is a child of God. Last Sunday’s message was about the Testimony of the Holy Spirit, but the New Testament reading in the book of Romans chapter eight has a lot of things to say about being a child of God.
In Romans 8:14, it says.. “Those who are led by the Holy Spirit are sons of God”. In verse fifteen it goes on saying.. “For you did not receive the Holy Spirit that makes you slaves again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by Him we cry, “Abba Father”. The following verse tells us, “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children”. And in verse seventeen it affirms that, “If we are God’s children, then we are heirs, heirs of God and co-heirs with Jesus…”.
Now why do we need to emphasize the words “true follower of Christ” or “true Christian” to the description of being a child of God? The simple reason is that we do not become children of God by nature. We were not born as “children of God” when we came into the world. A lot of verses in the Bible can attest to that. It says in Ephesians chapter two verse
three, “like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath”, or in other translation it says.. “..we were by nature children of wrath”. In 1John chapter three verse ten, it says, “We know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God”.