I was born a PK (that’s pastor’s kid, if you’re wondering). With that title comes certain responsibilities and certain benefits. For example, my life may very well be a sermon illustration at any point and growing up I had a much higher standard put on me (disclaimer- my dad is very considerate and always asks us before sharing anything deeply personal from the pulpit). One of the benefits is that I also have the access to many things simply as a result of my relationship with my dad. For example, if I should need to, I could walk into any room or interrupt any meeting without fear of consequences or being turned away. I know this because I know I carry the title of beloved daughter and that alone is enough. But that’s not the only area where I carry that title, take a look at what John had to say.
“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. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.” (1 John 3:1-2)
With the death of God’s only Son, He sacrificed everything in order to bestow upon us the greatest title we could ever have, we are called Children of God. We are His Beloved, the object of His affection, His special possession. We are co-heirs with Christ, the royal priesthood, the holy nation, we are His. Because of this, I can walk confidently into the throneroom of my Heavenly Father in prayer, knowing that I am allowed and welcomed there, not because of anything I am or have done, but simply because I’m His daughter. To be honest, sometimes being His daughter isn’t easy. There can be resistance, I don’t always fit in, but hey, at least I’m in good company. I have a promise, from the forever faithful Promise Keeper. He’s gonna make me more like Him. One day, my Jesus is coming back and He will make everything right again. When He comes, we’re going to see Him and simply seeing Him is going to change us. How life-giving is that?
“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)
Because of my position, because I’m His, because He’s coming back for me, I am called to live a life of righteousness and love. When we allow the truth of who we are in Christ to settle into our hearts, it calls us to a higher standard of living. Brothers and sisters, living in the manner worthy of our calling as Children of God is the greatest task we are given. Let us live righteously, loving each other well and loving our Father most.