Don’t you think God tires of us acting like we have to earn our status as His children? There have been days when I’ve felt unworthy to worship on Sunday mornings because I hadn’t been having a daily “quiet time devotion”. But my daily devotion time didn’t pay the price for me to enter God’s presence. CHRIST on the cross paid the costly price for our adoption into His family, and it gave us the full rights of children. What holds us back from acting like His children? So now I tell myself: Just worship! So you messed up … your Father still loves you, and wants you to ACT like the part of the family that you are!
Why don’t we believe that we are God’s children? What would I do if this next baby refused to grow up under the truth that (s)he is our precious child? How frustrated will I be if, as an eight year old, (s)he still acts like an orphan!? (We’ll say he’s a boy for ease of writing) What if he hoards & hides food, in fear that we won’t give him the next meal? What if he waits for an invitation to sleep at his own house, EVERY single day? What if, every time he makes a mistake, he runs away from home to hide in fear of our wrath, which has never fallen on him? How heartbreaking would it be if he didn’t embrace his “sonship”?
I think that’s what it means when Scripture says that “faith without works is dead.” We want our child to LIVE as if he is our child! It would be a heartbreaking shame if he refuses to believe the truth of whose he is… that he is 100% a “Goode”. And God wants us to BELIEVE… to HAVE FAITH, that we are truly His children. We’re unafraid to be generous, because we know our “Dad” will provide. We aren’t workaholics in a quest for luxury, because we know we are heirs to all that is God’s. We don’t fight to impress others and seem like we have great status, because we are already in the Royal Family.
So maybe the greatest act of faith is not to move mountains, but to simply believe that we have a Father who loves us. How powerful would that faith be?