Being children of God is amazing! Just the thought of being a child of God is often made to seem as though it’s no big deal. In times of disagreement or conflict, people who want to be generous and inclusive may say, “After all, we’re all children of God.” So often it is assumed that if you are a human being you are automatically a child of God. But, when you really think it through, if that were the case, the concept “child of God” wouldn’t add anything to being human. The idea of being a child of God in itself is a radical thought.

In the New Testament we encounter the phrase “children of God” and we must understand it’s not just another expression for “human being.” “See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are.” (I John 3:1) There is a note of amazement there: Imagine that! — you and I — children of God! God is the creator of the universe, and we are mortal and fallible creatures. How is it possible that we should be in that kind of relationship with God Almighty?

It all begins with each of us accepting Christ into our hearts and lives. How about you? Are you a true child of God?