Compassion’s asking this month that I write about what it means to be a child of God. Well, lately when I listen to music on my phone, I always seem drawn to this song (called “Children of God”). I love to hear Scripture sung, and this is straight out of Peter. I suppose it’s what being a child of God means to me:
“We are the children of God – LORD You have spoken.” Once we’ve believed in Jesus and become children of God, that’s who we are. God has welcomed us into His family and won’t let us go.
“We are the children of God – we are the chosen.” If like me you can remember the specific time you became a Christian, perhaps you think it was your choice, but Jesus clearly tells us it’s the other way round.
“Called out of the darkness and into the light, declaring Your majesty.” This line blows me away. Maybe sometimes you feel crushed and darkness doesn’t seem very far away, but if you keep bringing your problems to Jesus and trusting that He’ll help, you will overcome and then you can declare God’s power to those around you.
“A holy nation, we are the children of God.” I watched a DVD at church yesterday about someone who’d just had an encounter with God. She said: ‘The first thing I noticed was that God was holy and God was good. The second thing I noticed was that I was so not holy and not good’. I know what she’s saying, but the amazing thing is that when we follow Jesus, we’re being made holy. “Those He justified, He also glorified”, says Paul. God’s done this for us already and it’s being worked out as we live our lives on earth.
That’s what it means to me to be a child of God. What does it mean to you? If you’re a blogger, maybe you could join other Compassion bloggers and write about it this month. If you’re a sponsor, why not include it in a letter to your sponsored child?