[This is a repost of a light-hearted article I wrote in 2011 for my other blog, Out of the Fire. Lord willing, in the days ahead, I will write a little more extensively on teaching our children how to think and live as sons and daughters of our heavenly Father. What better place to learn about our position in the ultimate royal family than in our Christian home schools?]
And all creation’s straining on tiptoe just to see
The sons of God come into their own.
— from a song by The Fisherfolk
Romans 8:19 puts it, “For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly awaits the unveiling of the sons of God.”
I got to thinking one day about what it means to be the sons of God. (“Sons of God” includes women, by the way.) And I came up with a list — sort of a “Wouldn’t it be nice if we all understood who we are in Christ and acted that way?” kind of compilation. So here it is. I hope you will enjoy it.
#1: Sons know that since God their Father thinks they are wonderful, Sister Effie’s opinion about them doesn’t count.
#2: Sons serve each other, but are nobody’s slaves. They don’t let any man “own” them.
#3: Sons don’t get offended by intimidation tactics. They smile and stand tall because they know who they are, even if the intimidator doesn’t. (I’ve had a hard time learning this one.)
#5: Sons trust their Father to meet their material needs. He’s got the universe at His disposal, after all.
#6: A son remembers there are other sons in the family and shares generously with them.
#7: Sons are secure in their destiny-callings and don’t try to usurp someone else’s.
#8: Sons also know there is plenty of destiny to go around, so jealousy of other sons isn’t necessary.
#9: The King’s sons know the privileges of royalty and appropriate them.
#10: There is no caste system or waiting line to an audience with the King. All sons have equal and instant access.
#11: Royal sons have a gracious demeanor. They treat others with respect because honor is ingrained in their hearts.
#12: Sons don’t make a big deal about other sons’ mistakes and faults. That’s just the way family is, quirks and all.
#13: Sons know no man can take away from them what their Father has given them. Their destiny/mantle/calling is secure in Him.
#14: Sons understand the authority backing them. Their Daddy bears the title, Supreme Potentate of the Universe.
#15: Sons wear their royal robes inside out. (Their beauty starts on the inside and radiates to the outside.)
#16: Sons know Father is a God of His Word and can be trusted.
Can you think of any more rules of sonship that I’ve missed? Why not post them as a comment?