Birthright


Castles 044A whole new aspect of the term ‘born again’ occurred to me recently. Maybe it’s nothing new to you, but it was for me.

When someone is born into money or royalty, they typically don’t go around trying to prove they are worthy of their social status. Instead, they generally have this confidence about them that says they don’t have to prove anything or earn their place. There’s this inner security that it is theirs by birth, and will be theirs until the day they die. It’s often not a conscious thought, but it underlies everything they do.

When you think about it, it would be silly for a prince to go about trying to earn the right to be called a prince when he has people who wait on him hand and foot and a crowd automatically comes to attention when he enters a room.  

It would seem ridiculous for an heiress to spend her days trying to prove she’s somebody when her wardrobe knows no bounds and the mere mention of a day on the water sets in motion a personal assistant, a limo driver, and a yacht crew.

So why do we feel when we’re born into the family of God, we suddenly have to start being good enough to belong?  Like we have to earn our sonship or daughtership?  Our heavenly Father would send scores of heavenly beings to our aid if necessary, and even tells us that someday we’ll judge angels (see 1 Cor 6:3). Our status is far greater than any heir to human fortune or throne.

Look at these verses:

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:12-13 NASB)

“to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.” (Galatians 4:5, 7 NIV)

See also Romans 8:15 and Ephesians 1:5.

We’re told in these passages that God declares us to be sons (and daughters).  And so just like it would be silly for a royal heir to spend their time trying to earn their royalty, it is silly for us as children of the living God to spend our time trying to earn our place in His family.  We already have it!

Trying to earn that which we already possess is self-imposed slavery.  

We try to do good things in order to please Him. But if you’re born again He’s already pleased with you – so pleased that He calls you His daughter or son. Not a potential son, not a future daughter, but His child today. Our place in His family is secured, but not on our merits. It is secure because according to John 1:13 it’s born of God. It’s based on the promises of the One who does not lie (Titus 1:2) and does not change His mind (1 Samuel 15:29, Malachi 3:6, James 1:17).

So today, don’t go about as if you are trying to prove to the world that you deserve to be His child.  Go about knowing you are His child, and let your actions flow out of that base assumption.

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