“I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.” – John 10:14
Galatians 3:21-26 (KJV)
21 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.
22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
In Ephesians 5:1, the Bible says;
“Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children.”
Anyone who claims to be a child of God must also ensure that he or she behaves like God. If a child claims to belong to a father and he is loyal to another father, that child would be deemed a bastard.
This means that if you claim to be a child of God, you may need to check where you really stand. (1 John 3:9) says those who are born of God do not sin. Are you still sinning and feeling it is normal?
A true child of God cannot consider sin to be normal. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 7:16: “Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?”
What is this fruit? It is the fruit that proves to everyone who meets you that you have the Spirit of God living in you – the fruit of the Spirit.
What fruits do you bear? Based on the fruits that you bear, whose child can your colleagues, family members and neighbors say that you are?
Do your colleagues bring offers to you to cheat your organization because they know you will consent to them? If yes, you are not bearing fruits for God but for the devil.
Do you still repay evil for evil? That is not the character of God but that of the devil.
You need to be clear whose child you are so that you don’t fall into the Category of a bastard. If you are a child of the devil, well then, why claim to be a child of God?
Why join children of God to suffer your stomach when it is time to fast?
Why not just go ahead and live for the devil all the way so when he is to be sent to the lake of fire you’ll go along with him?
However, if you claim to really be a child of God, then your character should resemble that of Christ and everyone around you should testify that you resemble your Father in heaven.
On the last day, Jesus will sift the shaft away from the wheat. He will separate the bastards from His real children. This is because, on the last day, He will tell some people “I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all [ye] workers of iniquity” (Luke 13:27).
If you are indeed a child of God, you will be living a holy life.
Take a moment to inspect your life right now. In what areas have you not been behaving like God? Repent and start to behave like your Father.
Thank You Lord, for the care for our general wellness and wellbeing. We are thankful for being a good Shepherd who knows whom He has chosen and is sure of them; we also know whom we have trusted and we are sure of You. Thank You Lord, that Your kindness as our God and Shepherd, prompts You to defend, support and aid us in all our endeavors. Thank You for being our Savior and Friend.
Father, I stand before Your omnipotent presence this day and pray that the power and life of Christ will daily spur us into intimate communion with You. Please pardon and forgive our weaknesses, grant us strength to live each day with You in our hearts and minds, and move us to praise and confess You as our Lord and God in the sight of all in Jesus name.
Father, as our Shepherd, the Redeemer and Preserver of mankind, we shall not want nor lack all things good and needful. I pray for more of Your gracious providences towards me and my family – in providing guidance, protection, progress, abundance and giving us grounds of confidence in Your perpetual favour in Jesus name. Amen!!!