Brother, The Lord has used you in amazing and mighty ways in my own life. Your words have breathed life into my message and my ministry and I want to say thank you…
There is, however, one thing that breaks my heart. It’s the way you speak of yourself and the other children of God. You see, you and I were adopted into the household of God (Ephesians 1:5). We were given every spiritual blessing in heaven (Ephesians 1:3) and made heirs of God (Romans 8:17).
Please, do not misunderstand me. there is no doubt both you and I were found as beggars… dead in our sin and filth. We were sinful beings and had fallen short of God’s glory (Rom 3:23). But our Father King looked at us while we were still dead, made us alive in Christ, seated us in heavenly places, raised us up with Christ (Ephesians 2:4-6) and we are now members of the Royal Household of God Almighty (Ephesians 2:19).
Brother, the Spirit of the Living God bears witness in our own spirit that we are children of God. If children then heirs… Heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ Jesus (Romans 8:16-17)! We are the Father King’s handiwork/masterpiece/artwork created to do the good works he set up in advance for us to live out (Ephesians 2:10).
If some kid on the street says he wants to grow up to be like you. It’s because he sees your glory that reflects the image of God. He sees Christ in you. To turn around and call yourself and all your brothers and sisters who are seated in heaven with Christ beggars… well, it’s a lie. We are no longer beggars and street rats who fall short of God’s glory. We are glorious princes and princesses in Gods royal household. We are King’s kids and there are no beggars and sinners in God’s household.
Brother, please consider your identity in Christ. If Christ died and the riches of our Father Kings mercy (forgiveness) and grace (unmerited favor) made us new and gave us position in the heavens, then to act different is leaving most of what Christ did at the foot of the cross. He died so that you would have life and live it abundantly, not so that you could have life and live as a beggar (John 10:10).
Please, don’t hear me as a critic or a hater. Hear me as someone who lived a life of false identity in God’s house, for years. It breaks my heart to see the children of God carry themselves as slaves or beggars. We are now friends of Christ and children of God. That is a glorious identity, not a beggars identity.
Please, share your thoughts with me on this. I’d love to get to know you a bit.
David J. Robertson