Whose child are you? No, I’m not trying to be smart. I mean it, whose child are you? How do you know? How can you be sure?

In this world of DNA modification and surrogate parenting, it’s difficult to know whose child we are, isn’t it? Technology has made it possible for your birth mother to be different from your biological mother. Not only that, there’s no guarantee that you’ll be brought up by either of them.

Yet, who our parents are is an important question. Beyond the obvious ‘inheritance-responsibility’ relationship, this identity defines who we are, gives us a place in society, and tells us to whom we can turn to when things get rough.

What about our relationship with God? Now, we know that for

“…as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, 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

Yes, “…to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority (power, privilege, right) to become the children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name” John 1:12 [AMPC]

So do you believe? Have you received Him? Do you welcome Him and His help, and His advice, and His leading, and His guidance, and His provision, and His protection? Then to you has been given the authority, the power, the privilege and the rights of God’s children. Yes, it is that simple.

Yet, there sometimes is an unease within us, isn’t there? We sometimes wonder, are we really God’ s children? How do we definitively know?

With our parents, it is easy. We look for physical resemblance. We see if our nose or eyes or ears bears any resemblance to our parents, and then we will know if we are their children; or will we?

Nevermind plastic surgery and DNA modification, did you know that every baby naturally has a 1 in 4 chance of not looking like their parents? In every parental pair, there is always a dominant gene and a recessive gene. Now, assuming that procreation happens to produce a large enough sample size; you will find that one out of every 4 children looks different from the rest. Usually the dominant gene will dictate the physical characteristics. But 1 out of every 4 times, the recessive gene will take over; and this is why children sometimes don’t look like their parents.

Now, if this is how things are in the natural; what more the supernatural? We have never seen God, so how do we know if we have His eyes, or His mouth, or His ears?

Well, yes, we have never seen God. But the Bible does tell us that there was that one day when the idea of making man came into God’s head; and when that happened, the God-Head - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - had a meeting, probably over coffee, and

“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness;…” Genesis 1:26

But that’s not enough, is it? We need more. We need a quantifiable measures. Well, here are the quantifiable measures that Jesus gives.

“So Jesus said to those Jews who had believed in Him, If you abide in My word [hold fast to My teachings and live in accordance with them], you are truly My disciples.” John 8:31 [AMPC]

“And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.” John 8:32 [AMPC]

First, to know if you truly are the child of God, you must check to see if you are abiding in His word, holding fast to His teachings and living according to them. So, if you have sinned, then woe be to you for you shall burn in hell.

Wait! Which teaching of Jesus says that? Nevermind that, have you ever looked up ‘the teachings of Jesus’? No, I’m serious, go Google it.

Done? Did you find laws? Did you find a list of Do’s and Don’ts? Did you find a To-D0 list? Rules perhaps? You didn’t, did you? What did you find?

“For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.” John 3:16 [AMP]

“For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him.” John 3:17 [AMP]

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:31-33

So “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:7-11

“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” John 14:13-14

“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Mark 11:24

Those are Jesus’ teachings. For indeed, the words of John are true.

“For while the Law was given through Moses, grace (unearned, undeserved favor and spiritual blessing) and truth came through Jesus Christ.” John 1:17 [AMPC]

Jesus did not come to load us with To-Do lists. He did not come to whip us into submission. He did not come to demand. Instead, He came to say this,

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.]” Matthew 11:28 [AMP]

He came to give.

So if you are abiding in this, His word; holding fast to these, His teachings; and living according to them, then you truly are His disciple, you truly are the child of God.

For indeed,
when you truly believe that Jesus came to die for you, so that you may be saved;
when you truly believe that now that you are saved, there is no condemnation left for you;
when you truly believe that because God does not condemn you, He is for you;
when you truly believe that because God is for you, you can ask for anything your heart desires and it shall be done for you according to His will;
then you have truly known the Truth, and Jesus, the Truth, has truly set you free; free from sin, free from condemnation, free from worry, free to enjoy the blessings of God in all its full entirety.

Yes, indeed beloved, you read it right. You can be blessed but be blind to it. You can be blessed and not enjoy it. For when you are constantly worried about when the blessings will end, that takes the joy of the blessing away from you, and Jesus doesn’t want that.

You know, just as it is here on earth, being a child of God is not just a matter of holding a title. Being a child of God is a complete sensory experience.

For you as a parent, you want your children to be provided for, secure and happy. You want them to not only know that they are your children in name, but they are truly your children in every sense of the word. Now,

“If you then, evil as you are, know how to give good and advantageous gifts to your children, how much more will your Father Who is in heaven [perfect as He is] give good and advantageous things to those who keep on asking Him!” Matthew 7:11 [AMP]

So it is not when you have completed a list of chores that you know you are the child of God; you know you are the child of God when you see Him work in your life. When you look around and you see His provision, when you walk into the office and experience His favor, when you are travelling and notice His protection; that is when you know you are a child of God.

Stop looking at your own actions and measuring your relationship with God by how much you think He wants you do to for Him. If you don’t even relate to your own children in that way, why would God relate to you in that manner?

Instead, realize that God is better than any Father the world has ever known; and just as He promised Israel so long ago, so too do these words of His still carry weight for you today;

“My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14

So don’t wonder if you are God’s child any longer. Open your eyes to His blessings and let Him show you just how much of His child you really are.

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