What a Privilege to be a Son
When we receive Jesus Christ, He gives us the right to become sons. However, we are sons in title but in order to manifest as sons, there is a process. The length of the process is determined by God in terms of manifestation. 1 Peter 2:2 speaks of newborn babies craving spiritual milk so that they may grow. There is a difference between true sons and false sons. It is impossible to start well and not end well or miss the mark along the way. God wants us to start well and finish well and follow the right path, His path. Hebrews 6:4-6 speaks of those who have tasted the good Word of the Lord and have been enlightened, but fell away. These represent some of the false sons.
“4 It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, 5 who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age 6 and who have fallen away, to be brought back to repentance. To their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace.”
You may be thinking, “How can there be false sons in the Kingdom?” Judas was with Jesus for three years of His ministry and yet he still betrayed Jesus – he was a false son.
God desires true sons, those who are after His heart and not just after fame, money, or a good name. He desires those working with Him (1 Corinthians 3:9) to deliver souls from darkness into the Kingdom and to share the light of the gospel. God is love and He wants us all to live life abundantly. But, we must first learn to become true sons in order to benefit from what He has provided for us through the death and resurrection of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.
God is looking for true sons who embody His nature and are just like Him in character as well as gifts, miracles, and service. So the question is: How can WE become true sons of God? Our answer lies in the firstborn among many brothers, Jesus (Colossians 1:15)! Let us follow His example and…
Be Intimate with the Father.
As the Son of God, Jesus became the perfect example of a true son and one who we can imitate in becoming true sons as God intends. Ephesians 5:1 says to be imitators of God as dear children. Jesus did certain things that enabled Him to have a very close relationship with the Father, and God used Him to impact this earth forever. And, now we learn from Jesus. He took special moments to spend with the Father which grew His relationship to only do what the Father does, and only say what the Father says. That takes a special, intimate relationship.
Know the Word of God.
Jesus not only knows the Word, He is the Word. It was knowing the Word of God that helped Him to defeat the enemy. Even when the enemy wanted to tempt Him, it was the Word that helped Him to overcome. We are to know the Word – not only in our heads but in our hearts until we, too, cannot be deceived. If you notice during Jesus’ temptation, the devil actually quoted scripture. But, Jesus knew how to rightly divide what was written and used the Word as His weapon.
Be Led by the Holy Spirit.
Jesus was full of the Holy Spirit, empowered to cast out demons, heal the sick, raise the dead, and discern the times. He was led of the Holy Spirit as well and knew where He needed to be at given times – even in fulfilling prophecy. We must have a constant walk with the Holy Spirit and allow Him to lead us. For then we will become sons of God, according to Romans 8:14, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”
Jesus was very obedient to what the Father required of Him. Even in the garden of Gethsemane when He asked God whether it was possible to let the cup of suffering pass from Him, He still accepted the will of God and was obedient all the way to the cross. We are most thankful for Jesus’ obedience which paid the costs for our sins in full. Our own obedience is so key that it can mean someone else’s deliverance, too. God could send you to win a soul and deliver them from depression, suicide, debt, and more. And just like a true son, our obedience honors our Father in heaven.
So, What’s the Play Call?
Let us desire to be true sons of the Kingdom. Make the decision and learn to be obedient. Spend time in a quiet place with the Father and be intimate with Him. Let us learn to listen to the Holy Spirit as He leads us in becoming children of God. And, may we study and know the Word, for then the enemy cannot deceive us and he will not have anything in us.