Being a Child of God is possibly the hardest “who” for me to accept. I am a very independent person, and don’t know or understand what exactly it means to be taken care of. Even though I lived with both of my parents growing up, I figured out many things on my own and took care of myself a lot of the time.
Over the past few months God has really been pressing into me that I’m his daughter. I am his child! Most of the time I don’t know how to react to this truth; I don’t know how to let my Father take care of me. Because of this, I end up trying to take care of everything myself. I find myself stressed out and trying to fix things that are far too difficult or complex for me, instead of trusting in God.
Romans 8:14-16 says:
“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.”
This is truly amazing because in this culture, once a child was adopted there was no way of disowning him or her. It’s the same way with God! He doesn’t adopt you and then decide he doesn’t want you; you’re His child forever!
Now, being a child of God does not mean being childish or an excuse to be irresponsible, it just changes how we look at life. For example: recently I was taking care of a precious 18 month old girl and we were having a great time playing together. Then her Daddy came. I cannot accurately describe the look of joy and love that spread across her face when she saw him. There was no fear or worry, only love. That sweet baby girl didn’t have a care in the world because her Daddy had her and she knew that she was safe.
Worry and fear will always try to creep into our lives, but knowing you’re God’s child changes how you’ll respond. Sure, you might give into those feelings for a few moments, but then you’ll remember what those verses in Romans 8 say: we haven’t been given a spirit of fear, but have been given the Spirit of adoption! Take some time to just meditate on that truth. What does being a child of God mean to you? Do you allow yourself to be loved and taken care of by God? Can and do you call him your Daddy?
You are his child, do you believe it?