When growing up, I will always tell adults how I cannot wait to be like them because I admired the freedom they had in making their own choices in all that they do. My heart yearned to grow up quickly especially when I thought of how adults made their own food choices. Little did I know that adulthood comes with A LOT of responsibilities and also their choices were limited to their resources or even living conditions.
Anyway, let just say, I have learned a lot about adulthood which if I had known earlier as a child I would not have wished for it so much but enjoyed every bit of being a child.
2 Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, 3 and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 18:2-4
In today’s devotion, the word of God wants to highlight a very important identity we carry as believers. This identity of being known in heaven and on earth as children of God. In the Bible passage, the Lord Jesus had sat down with His disciples to share the word of God, in this verse, he told them about the mystery of taking on the identity as a child of God. There are three things that dawned on my heart as I meditated on the identity as a child of God. These three things are; parent and child relationship, the character or attitude of childlikeness and lastly the privilege of being a child.
In today’s devotion, I will just lay emphasis on the Parent and child relationship and the character or attitude of childlikeness.
Parent & Child Relationship
It is amazing how the first identity that we possess when we accept the Lord Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior is to be called children of God – John 1:12
There are many types of relationships that exist to manifest love but our almighty God chooses to manifest Himself to us as our Father and us as His children. The relationship between parents and their children never ends. Our God is not a tyrant, he is not a boss over us, he is not all the things that sometimes we tend to imagine about his nature. Beloved, God is our Father and we are His children. Even when we look at our earthly parents and how they love and care for us, how far more than God, who is the epitome of love itself. No one can love as God loves, His grace and mercies for us are renewed every day. It is God’s good pleasure to grant our heart desires. As a Father, He watches out for our good. He does not want us to stumble and fall or go astray. He wants to protect us, guide us, teach us and give us all that we need to be able to bring Him glory. Beloved when you fall into temptations, God opens His arms wide to receive you, cleanse you with His blood, teach you the right way to go and be with you to overcome future temptations. As a parent, God gives and gives and gives and never stops giving because He loves us so dearly. Today, I pray as you go to God in prayer, keep this truth in your heart and may it be so real to you that God is your Father and you ought to relate to Him as a child will relate to a Father.
Bible Verses of the Fatherhood of God to His children
- Isaiah 64:8
- Luke 12:29-31
- Luke 11: 13
- John 20:17 (Personal favorite)
Character & Attitude of Childlikeness
When the Lord stated, ” Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven”. He was emphasizing the beautiful character that is manifested in being childlike. As most of us have been children before or even currently are children, we can recall how dependent we are on our parents or guardians for everything at all times. Our nagging and crying consistently was due to the simple fact we were absolutely dependent on our parents and without them, we could do nothing. I find it very interesting but also very thankful that God wants us to depend on Him at all times. That is not to say that God wants us to be spoilt but He knows that our strength and our abilities are not enough and so we need Him. The believer that takes on the character of childlikeness is the one that is always exalted because, in all he or she does, is a reflection of what God does. God’s grace manifests through all who are absolutely dependent on Him at all times. Dependency for me is simply, praying always, obeying always, trusting always. As we depend on God, it is us bringing everything to God and trusting Him to guide and guard you through it all.
God’s word to hold on to depend on Him
- Proverbs 3:5-6
- Psalm 73:26
- Psalm 121:1-2
- Psalm 23
- Matthew 6:34
and many others…
Today, beloved, I pray that God has revealed to your heart as you prayerfully read the blog that He is your Father who loves you so much and wants the best for you. God’s plan for your life gives you life and more abundantly of it and we know the plan of the enemy – John 10:10
Stop feeling alone, stop weeping and worrying or doubting, speak to your Heavenly Father today, His arms are wide open to receive you and bless you. In the next devotion blog I will talk about the privilege of being of a child of God.
Stay blessed Beloved of Christ.