“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,” John 1:12 ESV
Dear Heavenly Father – Thank you Lord for your grace. Thank for your faithfulness and love. Please reveal to me and to everyone reading this what you want us to learn your word, which is empowering and transformative. Please open our eyes to see ourselves as you see us and see others as you see them. Wake us up, and please open our understanding. In the name of Jesus – Amen
I am a princess, daughter of The Most High King. In our modern world where entitlement is referred to as out of selfishness and lack of love and respect for others and a major cause of offense – I want to study what the Bible says about it. Just a little. But mostly – This study is about who I am (and you are) in the eyes of our Lord. It is critical to understand how He sees us – so we can see ourselves that way, understand our position (and therefore understand the Bible better), and see others the way Christ sees them (and therefore treat others the way we should).
“For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.” Galatians 3:26 ESV
We become the sons and daughters of God through faith. The same faith that grace worked to save us.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV
Many people understand the want for children. It seems programed into our DNA and into our very being. (Yes, some people do not have it – and should not be judged. One of those people who did not have that desire was the apostle Paul. But statistically more people have a desire for children than those who don’t so I am using it as a relatable example.) Just as some of us desire children and family, God in heaven had that very same desire. Being the creator, He created us (specifically Adam and Eve) to be His children and to reproduce to give God children and so on up to now and in the future – all His children. Someone once told me that when you love someone you desire for that love to reproduce and grow and that is why people desire children. So, God had so much LOVE – it is was through this great love that He Fathered us.
“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.” 1 John 3:1 ESV
So we are the children of God – the King of kings and Lord of lords. We are Princes and Princesses with a capital “P”. So, now let’s talk a little about entitlement – because children of royalty are always entitled.
Entitlement is defined as “the fact of having a right to something” and “the amount to which a person has a right”. In our modern world it has also become defined as “the belief that one is inherently deserving of privileges or special treatment” which I suppose is also applicable as we should believe we are inherently (we inherit) and are deserving of certain things. Not as someone who doesn’t understand our position or our inheritance but as someone humbly knowledgeable of our inheritance through Christ Jesus.
So, looking back up at 1 John 3:1 – we inherit and are deserving to be unknown to the world. This also means rejected by the world as God has been rejected. God has been SO rejected they murdered Jesus. This is our entitlement, wrapped up with knowing that all things work together for good (Romans 8:28) and God’s glory along with knowing that to live is Christ and to die is gain (Philippians 1:21).
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 ESV
If Jesus, The Son of God, was sent to die – are we to not consider the possibility of our own potential to die for Christ as is our inheritance? Granted, the majority of Christians were not called to martyrdom – however, it is listed among our inheritance and entitlements, therefore, we should be aware.
“And if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.” Romans 8:17 ESV
Fellow heirs with Christ – we are His brother. My brother is one of my best friends. It is very special to have both a Brother and a friend in the same person. And we can have that same (yet closer) relationship with Christ.
“No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.” John 15:15 ESV
So, how does God and the Kingdom of God view children? Let me reason with you that it would be extremely applicable to take the verses about children and apply them as us being the children and God being the parent to fully understand the relationship we have with Him.
“And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.” Mark 10:13-16 ESV
To children belongs the kingdom of heaven! We are the children and heaven is also part of our entitlement and inheritance!! See how we can apply it – but we must also believe and have faith as a child. It is written – therefore I believe it and that is the end of that.
“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 18:10 ESV
As children of God we see that there are angels who are assigned to us and also go before our Father to intercede on our behalf. Jesus is also at the right hand of the throne interceding on our behalf. We are entitled to this. Entitled to have more for us than those against us. Entitled to have support and encouragement in the ways of the Father. Glory to God!
Brothers and sisters – be aware in such a time as this, of who is actually our brothers and sisters. Some are new to the faith and are struggling and in need of a hand from us to pull them in deeper. But some are wolves in sheep’s clothing.
“By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.” 1 John 3:10 ESV
Also keep in mind that as children we must practice righteousness. I love the word practice! Cause we cannot without supernatural assistance from God through the blood of Christ. None the less, we are to do our best and constantly raise the standard for ourselves as we grow. If we are NOT practicing righteousness then are we children of God??
As children, we are entitled to all the ‘good’ things (and more according to all the promises in the scriptures) that we provide to our children. We must also behave a children of God or encounter the discipline we are also entitled to.
Are you behaving like a Prince or Princess? Standing on the promises and spending time with our Daddy?
Let me leave you with this last word from the Lord Almighty himself – to remind us of who we are in Him:
“And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:18
If you don’t already, and today you would like to have a relationship with a God, and be His son or daughter, and communicate with Him and let Him be part of your life (and protect you) – a God who is full of mighty power and tender love, then please know that I have put the “A, B, C’s of Salvation” in my introduction. Please click here to follow the link.**
Thank you for reading ~ Grace be with you
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Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!