Is everyone a child of God? The answer is emphatically no! The idea that all are children of God is not found in the Bible anywhere. The Bible says that God is the Father, not of all, but of those who, knowing themselves to be sinners, put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ. In so doing they become adopted into God’s forever family. It is not something everyone enters into by natural birth. It is a supernatural gift which one receives through receiving Jesus Christ.
In essence God gives us a choice, either we accept God’s offer of adoption, or we remain an orphan. This is the most important decision anyone will ever make in this life.
It is a very unique experience becoming a child of God here on earth. It’s supposed to be life changing. Assuming that you have accepted God’s offer to adopt you into His forever family, and have become a child of God, has it really made that much of a difference in your life? Do your still-orphan friends here on earth even realize that you were adopted? Do they see a difference in your life verses theirs? Do you?
J.I. Packer said, in his timeless book Knowing God, “If you want to judge how well a person understands Christianity, find out how much he makes of the thought of being God’s child, and having God as his Father. If this is not the thought that prompts and controls his worship and prayers and his whole outlook on life, it means that he does not understand Christianity very well at all.”
Wow! That’s a strong statement. So how about you? Does that statement describe how you understand Christianity and your relationship with God?
“To all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural decent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. (John 1:12-13)”
As one former orphan to another, let’s live our lives, daily celebrating that we are a children of God.
“To all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” John 1:12-13