John 1:12 (NET) “But to all who have received him – those who believe in his name – he has given the right to become God’s children”.

Jesus told a story about a poor man named Lazarus who died and was carried by angels to Abraham’s bosom and a rich man who lived sumptuously without regard for poor Lazarus who begged at his gate, the rich man also died and went to hell. In hell, the rich man called Abraham “Father Abraham” (Luke 16:24) and Abraham also called him “son” (Luke 16:25) but neither his acknowledgment of Abraham as father or Abraham’s acknowledgment of him as son prevented him from going to or remaining in hell (See full story in Luke 16:19-31).

What exactly was the problem with this rich man who obviously was of the seed of Abraham? Abraham did not deny him, yet he was in hell. This is what Jesus said regarding this, “If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham” (John 8:39). So, he was in hell because he did not do the works of Abraham.

If there is more to being Abraham’s son than just being of his race, In like manner, there is more to being God’s son than just carrying the nomenclature “Christian”.

In Matthew 7:21, Jesus said, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven”. This means that a baptized, holy communion eating, tongue-speaking church-attending Christian who will not do the will of God is not a son of God.

God testifying of Jesus said, “this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17 KJV) – Jesus was God’s beloved son because he pleased him. Are you God’s son? Can God give similar testimony about you? Are you pleasing God? If your answer is not a resounding yes, it means you have some scores to settle with God. Turn to God in repentance and ask his forgiveness. Thereafter, seek to do only His will.

Go into today remembering that it is only those who do the will of God that will enter into God’s kingdom.

Prayer: Help me Father to always do your will so I can always be your son in Jesus’ name. Amen!
—Dr. Emmanuel James

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