“For you are all children[a] of God through faith in Christ Jesus.” (Gal 3:26)
In the final part of our series on “what we need to boast about and what we need to be silently thankful to the Lord for”, we come to the subject that matters more than anything else…the one on which every other blessing of ours hinges on…
Yes, if there is one thing we need to trumpet about as Christians in this World, it is in the fact that we are God’s children in Christ Jesus (Gal 3:26). We enter into that intimate relationship with the Almighty even as we “know” Him and the Saviour (John 17:3) at the point of spiritual regeneration. The Hebrew word “Yada”, and it’s Greek equivalent “Ginosko”, depicting most intimate of relationships, is used inJeremiah 9:24 (both in the Original Torah and the Septuagint), which has comprised the cornerstone Scripture portion of our meditations so far. The same Greek word “Ginosko” is employed in the context ofJohn 17:3 also.
A disclaimer here please…While it is indeed orderly to “boast” about our “Sonship”, we need to remember that barring our faith, nothing else, neither physical efforts or good deeds, mattered to bring our “relationship with the Almighty” to life. The Son of the Almighty had completed everything that was needed on the Cross (John 19:30). To us belonged taking the “step of Child-like faith” to accept what was graciously on offer, so no self boasting please about “efforts” to procure that ethereal “Father-Child” relationship (read Salvation —Romans 10:8-11/Eph 2:8-9).
In conclusion, let me reiterate that there is no replacement for our relationship with our Creator, Redeemer and Teacher (Trinity), for if we have that relationship, we have everything else, period. Pal, it would serve you well not to blow your own trumpet, but certainly it would serve some eternal purposes, if thou choseth to trumpet about the goodness of your Maker who richly gives you everything you need (Isaiah 63:7/1 Tim 6:17).
By the way, when we have anchored our hopes on the way (SeeJohn 14:6), another bonus (social respect) comes our way amongst people who are not averse to the Way (Hey, Christian faith is also referred to as the Way inActs 9:2/Acts 19:9,23 etc.)! Heard of this saying? “The strong are feared, the rich are respected, the intelligent are admired, but it is only the Godly who are trusted.” How true! Hallelujah!
Prayer: Father make us always sing Thy praises for accepting us as Your children in Christ for there is no other blessing greater than that. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
An unworthy servant
J and SM Ministries
(To access the entire “A Boost for NOT Boasting” mini-series, please click here.)