Do you know whose child you are?
by Doctor Abayomi Sanusi –
I thank God for the opportunity to share with you these words, mere reminders of the scriptural precepts you are already familiar with.
Who is He to the world?
God, the father, maker of heaven and earth is described in various philosophical ways that reflect how people of our current society perceive, or fail to perceive Him.
To some He is a terrifying, fearsome and unapproachable phenomenon. To others He is just a figment of imagination, and cunning construct to fill a void in human understanding and experience. Others claim He is exactly that void: an unexplainable emptiness and a vague existence. A vast number have resolved to simply ignore God altogether!
Who is He to the Christian?
Christians however have a different experience and response to the question of who their God is. Responses to describe Him range from father, saviour, deliverer, lover, sanctifier, healer and friend. And many more. These are indeed biblical as are the description of God as the Christian’s ‘alpha and omega’ (Rev 22.13), and everything they could ever wished Him to be. (Rev 21.2-4). God is all these and even more to the Christian, such that the emotional and spiritual interaction they share manifests powerfully in every aspect of the Christian’s physical life. (John 3.6,15) (Eph 5.25-26) (Mat 5.16)
Why it matters?
The bible tells us we are His children (Mat 5.45). God’s mission, influence and interactions with us makes it such that individuals and societies can only either act on God’s behalf, or fight against Him. As there is the clear battle-line between good and evil, you personally can either be on God’s side or fight against Him. (Gal 5.16-18) (James 4.4).
As children come to naturally resemble their parents through active emulation and the inevitable process of growing in physical stature, Christians ought to become more like Jesus. As obedient children pleasantly drawn to their parent, God out father draws us closer, and shapes every aspect of us to the plan He intended for each Christian. We often overlook the fact that although quiet and potent, this task of Christian transformation is backed by the highest and most potent power available or imaginable.
Salvation and Peace is achieved after believing in God and giving one’s life to Him. Continuous fellowship with Him follows. The natural result is a peaceful and victorious life. The Christian then continues to desire for God and do His will. The assurance of a victorious and rewarding afterlife keeps this salvation joyful, and our sojourn on earth worthwhile. Phil 4.7, John 8.42, Rev 22.13-14
So, do you really know?
It is important to know who your father is. This knowledge is important not only for the acknowledgement of identity and a sense of purpose, but also for the verification of where a person is currently positioned in the overall context of the purpose of their life. As a young teenager the meticulous and almost obsessively detailed record of the physical genealogy of Christ Jesus in Matthew 1 v 1-3 used to perplex me. However the historical significance is of important relevance (v 17-18) and has spiritual implications. Your personal spiritual landmarks are of equally important significance! It is vital in the journey of becoming even more like Jesus.
Consider your current relationship with God with that of Jesus when he declared publicly that He knew the Father hears Him (John 11.41). And the realisation by the lost son who remembered his father’s kindness and wealth (Luke 15.17,18,21).
I pray you will dedicate your life to Him and begin to enjoy God’s Salvation and Peace anew, and with that Most Potent of Powers prepare for that peaceful and victorious afterlife, by becoming more like your father.
So do you know whose child you really are? If so, are you enjoying the benefits of being their child?
Excerpts of a sermon deliverd by Dr. Abayomi Sanusi on 7th April, 2013 at the RCCG Everlasting Father’s Arena, York