We are, too! However, does being the child of God mean anything to us? The statement that we are all God’s children is true in the sense that he created us, made us in His image and cares for us by providing the things which we need. However, there is a sense in which that statement is not true. There are those who are the sons of God and those who are the sons of Man. The difference is not physical, nor even of the spirit (since we are all made in His image), but of the mind and heart.
When we become disciples of Christ, there is a change made by God. We are removed from the kingdom of darkness and put into the kingdom of His son (Col 1:13). We are made to be part of the household of God (I Tim 3:15) and, of course, being in that household we understand God is now our Father and what a wonderful blessing that is. (1 John 3:1). Unfortunately, sometimes, the change made by God is not followed by a change made by us.
We focus solely on the blessings of having God as our Father. Our Father loves us and only wants good for us, we are on our way to Heaven. Here on Earth, He will provide for us, He will comfort us, He will never ever leave us, He will chastise us….What? Wait! Chastise?
Yes, chastise, as in punish, discipline, rebuke, and cause a little discomfort. The Hebrew writer tells us that God does this for our own good but the question I want to ask is “Why is there a need to chastise?” The need is there because we are not doing what He wants us to do.
Many do not think that God cares how they live their life. They think they can call Him their Father and still live however they would like to. In other words, their life does not change. They may claim to be a Christian or they may simply state “We are all God’s children” (i.e. God loves us anyway) but the bottom line is that they do not want to change. They have no desire to stop doing what they were doing before they began to call God their Father and Christ their brother.
However, Peter is very clear on this point.
As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile,
(1Pe 1:14-17 emphasis mine)
The Prodigal son found out that he could only enjoy his father’s blessings by leaving the world he had made for himself and returning to the father and living with him. Had he continued to stay where he was at, his father’s love, concern, desire for his best interest would not have gone away, but the blessings of being his father’s child would never be realized.
We need to remember that we have responsibilities in our relationship with God. Among those responsibilities is the need to be Holy, not worldly.