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We Are Sons & Daughters of the King of Kings

Speaking to a group of leaders in Ongole, India last March, we declared that they were sons, not orphans. Then we proved it – there were hugs, prayers and foot washing by those who had loved them well and were there for them. You would think this wasn’t necessary. These men are leaders. Bu…
By Seth Barnes

Speaking to a group of leaders in Ongole, India last March, we declared that they were sons, not orphans. Then we proved it – there were hugs, prayers and foot washing by those who had loved them well and were there for them.

You would think this wasn’t necessary. These men are leaders. But the dirty little secret even leaders struggle with is “I’m not a son, but an orphan.” It is the source of all kinds of evil. It started two world wars and a series of genocides in the last century.

Jesus’ ministry was one of demonstrating sonship (and daughtership) over and over again. Pouring out of the abundance of the kingdom in the form of healing and parties and faith. Confirming identity through words of affirmation.

Always Enough

He told stories to reinforce the principles of abundance and celebration. The story of the wedding banquet. The story of seeds growing and lost sheep being found.

He called this place of sonship and love “the kingdom.” When he compared it to valuable and growing things like yeast, treasures, and pearls, he was saying, “You are special. You’re mine, and there’s always enough.”*

You know you belong to God and you’re a son or a daughter when your mind stops worrying and you feel the fruit of peace and even joy.

You know you belong to him when you know you’re ok. You don’t have to perform.

Orphans live in a place of gnawing hunger and insecurity. They think thoughts like, “I better grab what I can before it all disappears.”

Have you lived with this kind of insecurity before? Do you find yourself wondering if there will be enough? If so, you may want to ask why that’s so. Often it comes from a childhood where you had to fend for yourself. The insecurity you may have felt was such a constant, gnawing sensation, that it dogs you still.

The pantry is stocked

God wants to set his kids free from that. He wants them to live knowing that he’ll provide.

Sons and daughters know that the pantry is well-stocked and that the party will continue on long into the night.

This is the good news of the kingdom we call the Gospel. This is the glad tidings of joy we have to share.

Our Father has given us a mission to share this news with a world full of those who see themselves as orphans. He has commissioned us with that task. It is a great commission indeed.

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* Matthew 13

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