While writing my book, We’re the “sons of God” . . . So What?, several motivators kept me going through the years. Some of those I share in the “Preface” of the book. But I wanted to go beyond the preface to share additional inspirations for persevering in the work.
First, I sincerely believe what I’ve written. At the core of my being, I am convinced of these biblical truths. I really believe that the Father has illumined these truths for just this season of history for the body of Christ worldwide. Thus, I am being faithful to my conscience. I believe that the truths unveiled or examined in the book are powerful and have the potential to transform our earth-bound thinking in such a way as to promote spiritual maturity and formation to a significantly higher degree than we have settled for in many churches and fellowship groups. I have lived and taught these truths to the best of my ability. I have learned much about my shortcomings and God’s ways of transforming us by the renewing of our minds. Everything we need is there in scripture, but we don’t always see it clearly. Or we see it the way we’ve been taught to see it–through someone else’s theological prism. Not that I couldn’t be doing the same thing–offering my own prism; but, given the signs of the times, what’s happening in the Middle East, and the desperate decline of the traditional church in the West, I’ll let the body decide. Father wants us to understand and believe Him about what he did in Jesus and who we are as a result. Then we will be a life effective for the final season of history.
Let’s look together and see if God’s revelation in Christ teaches us that we are something more than merely forgiven sinners or beggars sharing bread. Though we all truly were beggars. And are forgiven sinners. But what else are we? Does God intend to keep us in an Old Covenant identity as we are being conformed to the image of Christ?
Second, I wanted to honor and obey my Father by sharing the insights he had given me. Over and over He taught me lessons about his fathering and my sonship. These lessons helped me grow in character and practical holiness. They also stretched me and matured my character. They prepared me for responsibility in the body of Christ. But most important of all, His love of his children compelled me to give Him the best work I was capable of with His empowering. We’re the “sons of God” . . . So What? is an offering back to my Father. I won’t go farther here because I elaborate in the book.
Finally, I had sincere hopes for my future readers. I believe that, though very imperfect, this book is going to powerfully impact those who read it with open hearts and a willingness to take a fresh look at what scripture may be saying to us. I am convinced that it will be challenging, encouraging and edifying. I prayed for my readers years before any of them knew I was writing. I wanted to give them something more than information. We have enough informational books and materials on the internet. For them, I wanted genuine transformation. Change that would bring them great joy.
I loved how books impacted me in that way. When I came to Christ, as a brand new believer, I was not a reader. I spent very little time reading. But when I came to know Him, I wanted to learn EVERYTHING about him. So I devoured the Bible, then books about the bible and spiritual growth, the gifts, the lives of important models of the faith, and so on. Those books jump-started my spiritual formation and launched me much farther than I could have gone on my own without them. They helped me to form my new identity as a believer in Christ. They were also important to me when I fell along the way. When ensnared by past sin, they showed me not only a way out, but a way that could change my propensity to continue in the old nature (and under the performance-based Old Covenant).
So many of us know the pain of sin and failure. We understand rejection and want acceptance. We are all recovering from the fallenness of this sin-sick world. On the path to any spiritual recovery, we must encounter a godly view of WHO we really are. Our identities have suffered the stain of sin and shame. But the Beautiful News of the Royal Reign of God, is that we are something more than redeemed sinners (as wonderful and true as that is). We who have come to Him . . . on HIS terms, have taken on a new identity. The title of my book gives away that identity. And many would shake their heads in affirmation . . . “that’s right, we’re the sons of God.” But then comes the inevitable question: “So what?” How does that help me in my day tomorrow at work? How does that help me know what to do with my aging parents? What difference can believing the right things make at my job or in my classroom? How can being a “son” improve my relationships? And as a woman, who cares that we’re “sons?”
We have been given supernatural weapons–weapons that are not of this world–to tear down mental and spiritual strongholds that have become pretenses to, not only knowing God more deeply, but to knowing ourselves. Even on this side of the cross and resurrection, on this side of being “born again” or “Spirit-filled, we still suffer an identity crisis. We really don’t know who we are! As a pastor, I hear it so often. God’s children believing that they are less than they are in Christ. They often go through life with either an entitlement or a victim mentality. They insist that they should be first in line or that the government needs to take care of them. Or they whine that they feel powerless. But we are more than victims. God wants us to stand up and to walk in the authority of our callings. He wants us to have HIS view of who and what we are. That’s why I believe that this book has the potential to truly bless the reader who is willing to face what is found in the book, to meet with the Father in the reading, and to be willing to be transformed by a renewing of the mind into a greater Christlikeness.
The hope I hold for my readers is that they will find an oasis of refreshment and life-giving fruit that can sustain them along the spiritual journey to our Father’s Kingdom and to their inheritance.
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