A Child of the Great King

January 29, 2020

A Child of The Great King

By Russell George

Do you realize that, if you are a child of God, you are also a child of the great king? That puts us in a royal family. I want to call your attention to some thoughts about what our reaction should be if we are a child of the great king.

The following scripture references make it known that God’s people are a child of the great king. Psalms 47:2 says, “For the LORD most high is terrible; he is a great King over all the earth.” Again in Psalm 95:3 we read, “For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.” Also Malachi 1:14 says, “But cursed be the deceiver, which hath in his flock a male, and voweth, and sacrificeth unto the Lord a corrupt thing: for I am a great King, saith the LORD of hosts, and my name is dreadful among the heathen.”

You and I didn’t get to be children of the king by any merit of our own. Therefore, we shouldn’t let it make us proud. We are children of the king because God loved us and sent his Son to this world to die for us so our sins could be forgiven. The only part we had in it was when we acknowledged that we were sinners and deserved to be condemned. That’s where we were according to John 3:18. “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” We confessed to God that we were sinners and asked him to forgive us and accept us as one of his children. He answered that prayer for us and he will do it for you also if haven’t already asked him to.

In gratitude for what God has done for us we should love him and want to please, honor, and serve him. It is to be expected that a king will make laws that he expects his subjects to obey. By reading God’s Word I learn what he expects of me. Our God isn’t just any ordinary monarch. He knows personally every one under his reign. He knows more about us than we know about ourselves. Not only that; we have direct access to him. By means of prayer we can talk to him at any moment. Philippians 4:6 says, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” Matthew 6:9-12 also says, “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.”

The Christian, in the right relationship with God, has no feelings of restraint or obligations toward God. Because of his love for God he does what he asks of him and would do even more than what God asks if he could. He accepts his restraints as nothing more than what God has a right to expect of him. If there were no restraints we would often do things that would bring disgrace on the holy name of God.

Often, in a church covenant, mention is made of some things the members aren’t allowed to do. Those are put there to protect the testimony of the church. People are legalistic if their only reason for not doing those things is because their church doesn’t allow them to do them. Unless they outwardly say that is the reason why they don’t do those things, it isn’t appropriate to call them legalistic for not doing them. It is unfortunate that some Christians accuse others of being legalistic because they refrain from doing certain things. How do they know why they don’t do those things?

Genuine Christians don’t do certain things because they are a child of the king. They love him, respect him, and want to please him. There are also things that they do because of who they are. They may give a tithe of their income because they want to help their church do what churches should do. They don’t do it because they feel compelled to do it. That puts it on a legal level. They dress appropriately when they go to church. It’s not to make an impression on others. It’s because the people of this world form their concept of who the great king of the earth is by watching how those who profess to be Christians live their life. If they see that they are people with character, people who live clean, people who go about doing good, they have a high regard for our king.

If you are a Christian let it be known that you are a child of the king. Let them see that you have a reason for living and that your are enjoying life. Live in such a way that others will also want to be a child of the king.

Sometimes there are churches that are bickering about what standards they can lower without hurting their testimony in the community. They like to think that by lowering their standards they will attract more people to come. If they come for that reason they may be a disgrace to the church.

There are other churches that are experiencing revival because their pastor is preaching on Christ. He is calling attention to the person and work of Christ. The result is that the people in the church want to keep their standards high because they don’t want to cast a shadow on the name of their great king. The people in the churches that are lowering their standards like to call them legalists because they are putting them to shame. Psalm 34:1-3 says, “I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.”

Are you a child of the great king? If so, does it make any difference in the way you think and live? Turn your heart to the Lord. He deserves the best we can give him.

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