100-Day Identity Makeover: Day 26
You Are a Son/Daughter of God (Romans 8:14)
I almost typed this post in all caps because I feel so passionately about the truth of today’s identity trait. If there is one thing that the believer could grasp from all one hundred identity traits, this one ranks highest! Once a person confesses Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, it is my desire that he spends the remainder of his life digging deeper into the truth of sonship and all the privileges associated with it!
“… those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by Him we cry, ‘Abba, Father'” (Romans 8:14-15).
You, Child of God, belong to the Father, and identity as His child should more greatly define you than any other title known to man. More than your role as a mother, a grandparent, a CEO, a Cowboys fan, a soldier, a nurse, a bodybuilder… Everything falls short in comparison to the eternal identity trait of son/daughter of God.
A 2012 study by the Barna Group revealed that the majority of Christian women define their identity on the basis of motherhood. So, according to the research, 62% of women in relationship with Jesus Christ draw their sense of identity from their children.1 Do you see the problem? The potential for an unstable identity exists when we limit our sense of being to anything of this ever-changing temporal world. That which is eternal- son/daughter of God- is the bedrock of our existence. All other relationships and roles flow beautifully from the central relationship and role as God’s child.
What privileges do you expect as a son or daughter of the King? Let’s look at a few: access, favor and a future.
The child of God has access to Him.
Jesus prayed before calling Lazarus back from the dead, thanking the Father that He always hears Him when He prays (See John 11:41-42). Likewise, you confidently go before the Father in heaven with the same trust that your prayers bring you into the presence of Almighty God.
“… since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, His body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith…” (Hebrews 10:19-22).
Child of God, it is by the blood shed on Calvary that you know you have access to your Father. Go boldly to Him. You are His son/daughter.
The child of God has His favor.
Not only does your identity as son/daughter of God assure you of your connection with Him, but you also know He grants His generous goodness in your life. God is good all the time, and He makes a case for your expectancy of His favor by saying an earthly father has a fallen nature, yet he knows how to promote good things in the lives of his children. His point is if someone who knows evil can manifest goodness for his child, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to His children who ask Him (See Matthew 7:9-11)? We will look more intently into examples of God’s good gifts in the Walk It Out section of today’s post.
The child of God has a future.
Picture yourself as a young child in a home with a mom, dad and siblings. A fire is burning in the fireplace, and you and your siblings enjoy sips of hot cocoa while playing on the floor with the family dog. Life is easy. There’s no concern in your young heart over the bills to be paid this month. You are not trying to map out a plan for future retirement. You’re not even thinking about your grown-up field of work and the education required to get there! You are a child, and you have faith that all you have need of will be provided by your loving parents.
Find that heart of trust again, Child of God. Your loving Father in heaven will not fail you. “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future'” (Jeremiah 29:11).
It’s time to own your identity as a son/daughter of the Most High God! There is so much to discover, and that is God’s heart for you! Enjoy your pursuit of Him and the understanding of yourself more in the process!
Walk It Out Hear God’s Word and put it into practice (Luke 8:21).
Memorize Psalm 103:1-5 and daily speak over your life the benefits you have as God’s child.
1 “Christian Women Today: A Look at Women’s Lifestyles, Priorities, and Time Commitments.” Barna Group, August 17, 2012. www.barna.org. Accessed October 19, 2015.