Children of God by Andrew White

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)

On Sunday 27th May during our corporate worship time, Stacey came forward with a word about our being reserved in our worship. He spoke about us being free to push in to God, free to worship him without holding back. He encouraged us to worship our Lord without being reserved. He wanted us to be free in exuberant worship.

As our time of singing together continued we sang that great song ‘Who you say I am’ including those powerful words in the chorus “ … Who the Son sets free, Oh is free indeed, I’m a child of God, Yes I am!” The second chorus adds the words “ … in my Father’s house there’s a place for me I’m a child of God yes I am”.

The Lord showed me that although we’re His children; too often we approach Him as if we are visitors. The place He has for us in His house is ours now, our place in His kingdom is ours now, the place He has for us in His heart is ours now, it is not for sometime in the future when our life on this earth is ended.

This got me thinking about our relationship with our son when he visits us compared to our relationship with a guest when they visit.

If a guest comes to our house they will wait at the door until asked to come in, then they may wait in the hall until we invite them into another room, then wait again until we offer them a seat and they will wait until we offer them a drink. However, when our son comes to visit as we open the door he will immediately step through and give us a hug before walking through to the kitchen and helping himself to a drink usually offering to get us one at the same time.

He is our son and was brought up in our house. As our son he doesn’t need to be invited, he doesn’t need to wait until offered a seat or refreshment; he knows that he’s welcome to come in relax and be loved. We wouldn’t have it to any other way.

Our Father God wants us to come and help ourselves to all the blessings, all the freedom, all the love, peace and joy that we should have in Him as His children.

Father God, forgive us when we have been reserved in our relationship with you help us to come to you as your children without any reservation. Help us to worship and praise you with the exuberance of children. Help us to receive from you every blessing, every freedom and all the love, peace and joy you want to lavish upon us your children. In Jesus name amen.