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I Am a Child of God


Our verse for today comes from 1 Samuel 9:9, ” (Formerly in Israel, when a man went to inquire of God, he would say, ‘Come, let us go to the seer,’ because the prophet of today used to be called a seer.) “


I am a husband, in ways, perhaps, that you are not aware of. Not only do I have a wife (and I could not have been blessed with a better one), but I also own a house. Back in the thirteenth century, when the Germans put two words together to form ” husband, ” the new term meant ” house owner, ” and not ” wife-haver. ” In that period, in that region, being a husband had nothing to do with being married or not. You, on the other hand, may or may not want to be considered ” nice. ” Originally, someone who was nice was considered silly or foolish. It wasn’t until the 1700s that being nice meant, . . . um, nice. And believe it or not, Jesus experienced a quarantine, and you may have unknowingly just completed one yourself. No, Christ didn’t suffer from a serious infection or disease that required isolation. He simply spent forty days in the wilderness after His baptism. Historically, a quarantine represented any period of forty days and not the forced separation of one from all others. So Jesus’ time in the wilderness, and the diet that you may have struggled to stick with since the new year, both would qualify as a quarantine on this forty-second day of the year.


What has changed about you? As we age, cute and sassy can become flippant and arrogant, which can end up as old and crotchety. But that’s not change, that’s just changing what we call it. And I’m not talking about things like your hair, be it color, style, or quantity. I’m talking about changes initiated and accomplished by, through, and for the Lord Jesus. We despise change. So maybe we should ask ourselves what hasn’t changed? What have we relabeled or dressed up but not truly surrendered and abandoned? The ” what ” may come quickly, but the ” why ” may eventually bring with it a deep ache. You may not realize, but nothing about you is going to heaven. Only what God remakes is fit for His kingdom. So let the great Mechanic (which originally meant a skilled worker with his hands) change you, and make you different where it matters.


As we seek Him today, let that old label of ” Christian ” express your new and eternal condition of child of God.

AuthorRich Holt | BCWorldview.org

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