Last time I talked about Sons vs Sharecroppers, which is really a parallel of Christianity vs Religion.
To understand God, and be able to judge what is true about him, you need to understand that Christianity is a family, not a set of do’s and don’ts (religion). When you were born again, you were born into God’s family, given a new spirit from Christ. There are rules in a family, yes, but following those rules isn’t how you stay in the family. You’re part of the family simply because you’re part of the family. You’re kin. You’re blood. You can’t change it, nor can anybody else.
Do you know why God wants to provide for us and our needs? Just because. Because we’re his sons and daughters, and because that’s what a loving father does for his children.
we have a rich daddy. a king. and we are the princes and princesses, heirs to our father’s fortune. see here, Romans 8:14-17:
14For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
15For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
16The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
17And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
and Galations 3:28-29
28There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
29And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
exciting right!? now you may be thinking, “that’s all well and good, but i’m not seeing any of this inheritance, and i certainly don’t live the life of a prince or princess. have you seen my house/car/job/clothes/bank account?”
firstly, shame on you for thinking the way things appear to be is how they are supposed to be or really are in truth. God’s word is Truth and trumps all facts as they seem to be. What God says is true because God cannot lie (Hebrews 6:18). so there’s gotta be a reason for this situation, and we can safely assume that God is not the one doing things incorrectly.
1What I am saying is that as long as the heir is a child, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate. 2He is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. 3So also, when we were children, we were in slavery under the basic principles of the world. 4But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, 5to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. 6Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba,[a] Father.” 7So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.
the part to take note of is in the beginning. the KJV puts it this way:
Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;
we are still children! we have to grow up to receive our inheritance. it belongs to us, but we can’t handle it yet. God has finances and wisdom and power and more, all for us, but we are still babies. we cry and make messes. God still loves us, but we aren’t mature enough to really love each other. meaning no strife, gossip, grudges to or towards any person. do you want to know what a fully mature son of God looks like? It’s Jesus.
that’s what we’re working towards. maturing to be like Christ. and that maturity comes through feeding yourselves the right things. you are a seed, a little mustard seed, so small yet capable or growing so large. everything you surround yourself with is food and water for the seed. you absorb it all in. this is why it’s important to read your Bible. to pray. to worship. to speak good things. to speak true things. it’s why you need to be aware of what influences you.
God loves you regardless. If you’re born again, you’re in the family and there’s no getting out. Don’t ever be afraid of losing your salvation. If you couldn’t receive it through works of any kind, do you think you could lose it because of any works or lack of? Give the blood of Jesus a little more credit. it’s stronger than that.
being a child may be a barrier to receiving your inheritance, but it does not interfere with God providing for your needs like He promised. for that kind of provision you need only to step up to the Father’s table, in faith, and say “please pass the daily bread.”