Becoming Sons of God
Christ does not ask us to be selfless. He asks us to be big and to take a long view.
If we follow Jesus, then we will live a life of self-giving to the end of our days, with no regret, no self-pity and no self-praise.
Romans 8.29 – For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family.
This passage says that God’s purpose was to create sons and daughters of God, to bring us to life and to train us to grow at last into the full stature of his Son.
This universe is a delivery room for the daughters and sons of God. It is more than that; it is the kindergarten for the children of God.
This planet is our school; it is also a series of examinations. Day by day we are trained, and day by day we are tested to see how far we have advanced. Trouble in our life here is like problems in mathematics to a student. These are our spiritual muscle builders.
When I suffered the most, those were the times in which I grew the most. And those periods in life which were easy and pleasant and free from struggle turn out now to be periods of coasting, not rising. Life is easy only when we are on level ground or going downhill.
It is best to not rebel against God’s arrangements, God’s textbook, or God’s curriculum, or God’s difficult problems, or His high goals.
If God intended us to play a harp through eternity, I would rather spend my life here taking music lessons.
Matthew 5.44-45 – “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.”
How did He tell us to do it? He said, “If you have enemies, overcome their hate with love. Overcome persecutors with prayer. Overcome harm by doing good to them.”