Child of God?

Apr 09, 11 Child of God?

Prior to becoming a Christian, I had eventually come to a realization that some Christians were respectable people, who lived their faith well.  One of those who I had a respect for was Henrietta Mears, an extraordinary Bible teacher in the twentieth century.  But when I came upon her comment in reference to mankind: “Remember, all are not the children of God”, it really got under my skin.

Excuse me?!? How the…Where the… heck did she find THAT one!  In a moment, I doubted her sincerity and her credentials in interpreting “her” Bible well.  BECAUSE, I knew better: EVERYONE is a child of God.

When I was a young teen-ager, there was a poem, which became famous: Desiderata.  I had the poster of the poem; I even bought a poster for my boyfriend and he had it on his wall for years.  The poem, read to the background of music, was even #8 on the radio so I got to hear it a lot.  In the poem is a line: “You are a child of the universe”.   It helped give the poem validity that it was anonymously written centuries before and found in a church.  THAT meant it was biblical I was sure. (It actually wasn’t found in a church after all, just included by an Episcopal pastor with a lot of other “inspiring” pieces to his congregation; it doesn’t state biblical truth.  You can read: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desiderata to find out more about this poem and to read the poem itself.)

To state as Henrietta Mears had that it was otherwise was a real affront to my worth, my value as I saw myself in relation to our creator.  I was his child because I deserved to be.

Part of God journeying me, was in showing me that I didn’t know the bible really well after all, even though I had been reading it occasionally since I was a kid (I was interpreting it through a very skewed eye), and although at one time, I actively was very critical of the bible, the way it was compiled, what was left in and what was left out, etc. etc., I eventually learned that the bible just as a historical piece, has incredible integrity compared to other historical pieces which are received with validity on much less evidence.

Eventually, I came to realize that the bible is more than a great historical piece; it is the Word of God and it lives in a way that speaks.  It’s a real trippy experience (to use an expression from my youth 😎 )

Also part of God’s journeying me was to humbly recognize that although I am created by God, I have no stature or legitimate ability to claim that I am a child of God. There is a vast gulf of difference between creating something like you would a pot, and an actual child. There is a vast difference too between Creator and created; I could not claim any equality.  Only one is considered begotten by God and has equality to God and that is Jesus Christ.

John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life.”

Wow, what a journey!  On April 13th, 2008, I had the honor of proclaiming my new belief in Jesus as my savior at my baptism.  It was also an honor to share the experience with my mother-in-law, Belia, who passed 6 months later into His arms, and my sister-in-law, Stephanie, as they underwent a second baptizing in celebration of their longstanding relationship with Christ.

I can now legitimately claim to be “a child of God”, but not because I deserve to be. It is only because God loves me as he does all of mankind which is passionately and only because Jesus’ right-standing before God allows me to be.  Only Jesus’ sacrifice for redemption on my behalf is sufficient in obtaining this, God’s redemption plan set-in motion from the very beginning.

“But as many as received him, to them gave he the right to become children of God, even to them that believe on his name:” John 1:12

Ephesians 1:4,5: “even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love having foreordained us unto adoption as sons through Jesus Christ unto himself, according to the good pleasure of his will”

Romans 8:15: “… but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! (note: it translates in meaning to: “Daddy”) Father!”

1 John 3:1: “see what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.”

THANK YOU, GOD!

If you already know Jesus as savior, only son of God, revel in this or if you are perhaps journeying to a realization of His incredible action of love through Jesus’ resurrection, please enjoy this posting of the Third Day song: “Children of God”

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5 Comments

  1. Scott Wilson

    great blog, Elaine! Enjoyed hearing a little more of your story/journey!

  2. Christine S.

    Elaine!
    In all our “conversations” I would never have guessed that you became a Christian so recently in your life. What joy!

    The truth you addressed in this blog is one that Zach’s dad, Jack, had difficulty digesting and his misunderstanding fuled his anger with God. He felt himself to be a better father than God is because, “I would never let my kid suffer……..”. I’m sure you’ve heard the spiel.

    In the end, he did understand. In the end he was at peace. I find myself praying for those who stand in judgment of God because they don’t know or won’t receive the truth.

    Keep sharing !!!!! God bless you. Chris

  3. Cheryl B.

    Beautiful testimony Elaine. I am so happy that you know our Savior and are truly a Child of God.

  4. Stephanie

    What a great and GLORIOUS thing to be able to claim; that we are a child of God! The coming celebration of Easter is a great reminder of why/how this is even possible! Thank you, Jesus.

    On another note, I wanted to wish you a happy anniversary on your baptism. I remember that day like it was yesterday, and I’m blessed that I was able to share it with you and Mom. God is so good.

  5. Cindi

    I’m late in responding, but I sure took your post to heart. My best friend in high school painted a beautiful sunset scene for me on the inside of my bedroom door, over which she penned the “Desiderata”. I remember thinking how lovely it was – until years later I read it again and I was like… “What?!?” Aren’t you thankful for how God matures us, and how very patient He is with us during the l-o-n-g process. Love you!

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