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  • Henry Omotayo

The Power of Sonship

John 1:10-13

Message No. 0542 | Twitter @GodandUs |

The difference between a son and a disciple can sometimes be underestimated. Before my dad died, I had the full right to open his door at any time, and it was because of a culture of respect and cutesy that I knocked at the door before entering. There could never have been a time when, just by entering without knocking, I would be disowned as his son – never! To the contrary, no visitor could do that – there was no outsider relationship that could match mine.

If your dad were the president of your country and you decided to pass through the office to say hi, or, for any reason whatsoever, his assistants could respectively ask you to please wait while they check if he was available (i.e., not in discussion with other people whose time must be respected), but there is no way they would ask you to return home without first confirming from him. The thing is, to other people, your dad might be Mr. President, or Mr. Chairman, or CEO, or Pastor, or any other title, but to you, he is simply dad, and this alone dismantles any obstacle between you and him.

As God’s children, our relationship with God, our Father, is mostly misunderstood. Most Christians see Him as a faraway Entity, whose Door you may only open under certain circumstances. Some even thought you may never come near His presence, or, that there is a certain rhythm of words you may utter before Him. Some are scared to even say ‘Good morning Lord,’ because it is too casual. Most of us don’t treat God as our Parent, we simply treat Him like someone we need to book an appointment before we see. This is not the meaning that is portrayed in John 1:12-13, which says:

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

What we received at second birth is the power to become children of God, not slaves or servants. We received the right to be sons, and the best way to understand this is to think of our relationships with our earthly parents. While it is extremely difficult to see a parent disown their child, for any reason, it is even more impossible for God to disown you. In Isaiah 49:15, the Bible says:

“Can a woman forget her nursing child, And not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, Yet I will not forget you.

We all know that our earthly parents love us, yet, there is no way they could love us more that God does, and if this is true, it means we may have been missing out a lot, by not leveraging our relationship with Him.

Now, please do not misunderstand this; I am writing about Parent-child relationship, I am not even attempting to mean that just anyone on the street can knock at God’s Door and claim to have the right to do so. Just as no one can stray to your door and claim to be your child and demand to enter your home, no one can do that to God also. You must first be born again to have this right, and the way to do this is to realize that you are a sinner and cannot save yourself. You must know that you need a Savior and that no matter how powerful you are here on earth, you cannot deliver yourself from eternal damnation and destruction.

Once you give your life to Christ, you must then behave like a child of God. You are only a child of your earthly parents because you behave in that manner. The Bible says to honor your father and your mother, and true children have inbuilt honor and respect for their parents. There is that special compartment in your heart that makes you love your parents, it is not the work of man and no computer can imitate this. It is this special bond that makes your parent to point to you in the presence of others and say this is my son or this is my daughter, and they are proud to do so.

In like manner, God is proud to point to you to say this is my son. Your relationship with God is not based on a set of rules, but on that special compartment in your heart that makes you act in manners that make Him proud. It becomes nature to not offend God. Your heart abhors sin and you naturally want to stay away from it. You are not obeying God because the police is watching you, you are doing so because it hurts you, on the inside, to do otherwise.

Do you have a Father-child relationship with God? If you don’t, then you surely are missing out. As a child of God, you need to relax and not live in fear, but in love, because 2 Timothy 1:7 says that God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. Please change your perspective today and use your power, the power that Christ gave you to be a child of God. May your relationship blossom to what God wants it to be from this moment on, in Jesus’ name. Amen. Have a wonderful week!

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 If you are yet to give your life to Christ, you do not have a covenant with God and His promises do not apply to you. To come under these promises, please surrender your life to Christ today, by praying this prayer:
 Lord I know that I am a sinner and I am unable to save myself. I am sorry for my sins and I pray that you please forgive me. I am aware that Your Son Jesus died for my sins and I accept Him as my Lord and savior. I surrender my life unto you from this moment. Please take control of my entire being and help me to be obedient to your Word, going forward. Thank you, Lord, for hearing me. I have prayed in Jesus’ name. Amen.
 If you prayed the foregoing prayer, you have just been born again. Please find a Bible believing church in your area and ask to see the pastor. Let him or her know that you have just given your life to Christ and s/he will guide you on next steps in your journey as a child of God. The Lord bless you!


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