I have very fond and hilarious memories of my parents having to send me back to my room to get changed again because I didn’t look at all presentable. They’d say something along the lines of “Go and change, you can’t look rough on the street like that, you represent this household,”
Stomping back to my room I’d have to get changed again. Most of the times they’d pick out clothes for me, do my hair, painstakingly combing out all the knots in my hair and creaming my hands and face and making shore my shoes were polished.
Perhaps its because we like to think of ourselves as self sufficient and able or perhaps its because we’ve mostly grown out of having to be told what to do by parents but for the most part people generally don’t see themselves as children. What’s rather interesting however is that Jesus says we should be like children. Children don’t make they own rules, for the most part they follow orders or live by a construct of ideals taught to them by their parents or guardians.
And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
However best we can we always try in one way or another to please our parents, if not directly by doing something for them then indirectly by doing something for ourselves that is beneficial and worthy of note. We are our own person, we are individuals but we will always be our parent’s children that will never change. In the same train of thought God says He is our parent, he loves us, wants the absolute best for us, more than we can envision or imagine.
For I know the plans I have for you, “plans `prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
And at times when we need it he will discipline us but we shouldn’t take his discipline the wrong way because it’s for our good that he does it, it ultimately proves that he loves and cares for us.
And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
Our parents disciplined in their own way whether it was a smack, or being grounded or verbally told off but it was done to point out error and correct in order to instil good behaviour and ethos that we would never depart from because we knew the consequences of ill choices. God says our parents who aren’t perfect disciplined us in the way they saw fit and they were not perfect and yet the father who is perfect also disciplines- will it not be even more beneficial for our person?
Direct your children onto the right path and when they are older, they will not leave it.
God is our heavenly father thanks to Christ’s earth-changing sacrifice. We’ve become adopted by God into his heavenly family. We’ve been told to shed our clothes that no longer fit our person and put on the clothes that he has for us, the royal attire that fit us , tailored by Christ himself; we put on his righteousness.
Rather clothe yourselves with the lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.
But if Christ is the prince of peace then that makes us princes and princesses does it not? Peter figured this out as he describes those in the family of God as a people purposely chosen for the purpose of salvation, think of it like an international adoption of all those on the planet.
1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
In Romans, Paul talks about the rejection of those who are his people to bring close those who are not his people-gentiles. Isaiah talks about this hundreds of years before Paul, prophetically, when he talks about the destiny of the gentiles.
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.
“I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me; I was found by those who did not seek me. To a nation that did not call on my name, I said, ‘Here am I, here am I.’
So what now that we are revealed to be redeemed by Christ, clothed in his righteousness and given His holy spirit? It isn’t to be taken lightly. Some members of certain royal families of the world do questionable things and behave in questionable ways that bring shame or disdain upon their family and administration as a monarchy. As we belong to God’s royal family and as priests we are called to be holy and not delve into things that will bring shame on the family of God and on the temple-our bodies. We are not just anyone anymore, we are vouched for by the blood of Christ shining royal red upon our souls so that no evil can lay claim to it. Let us repay God’s rescue of us by leading lives he can be proud of energized by his grace. Let’s remember who we are in Him, our identity, our riches now in the spirit and our riches to come.
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
I watched a movie called Kingdom of Heaven a few days ago and the long and short of what I gathered was that men fought over a holy site until they lost sight of what they were fighting for. Their romanticised idea of what Jerusalem stood for was perhaps the inception of the conflict but warped motivations, greed and power soon overshadowed intentions that started from the heart while all the while God put his law in our hearts.
“But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day,” says the LORD. “I will put my instructions deep within them, and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people
What’s even more interesting and fantastic is that God says his presence now rests within us-not within a site of rocks and stones but within the hearts and minds of living stones-his very own people.
“As for me, this is my covenant with them,” says the LORD. “My Spirit, who is on you, will not depart from you, and my words that I have put in your mouth will always be on your lips, on the lips of your children and on the lips of their descendants–from this time on and forever,” says the LORD.