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.)
#4: Sons and Dr. Seuss know there are Yertle-the-Turtles in the Kingdom. They just refuse to be part of the stack.
#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?