Not Orphans

Wait a moment - As you look at the title don’t move on too quickly.  While it is true that you may not technically be an orphan at this moment in time, things in this world can change even as you read.  However, it is also true that you will never be an orphan unless you choose to be, for the Father who created you will never die and loves you like no other possibly can.  You will always be a son or daughter; does that give you any obligation?  You may want to deny it, but yes that actually does give you an obligation.  Why can’t or don’t we just simply accept the fact and live as relatives should live, loving one another?

That’s a good question, but before you move on let’s think about it.  If it were true that you had no one to look over your shoulder or approve or disapprove of what you do, just what would you do?  Some of us might have just been waiting for the moment and will set out to do what we have always dreamed of; others may wisely give it another thought and realize that we actually were created for a purpose.  Can we actually know that purpose?

The Psalmist tells us - And all of you are children of the Most High (Psalm 82:6).  Before you feel like saying that was just a man that wrote those words you might want to remember that the Holy Spirit guided the hands and minds of those who wrote and He makes no mistakes.  Regardless ofwhat our earthly situation looks like we were created for a purpose.  Did you get that?  A purpose!

You might be saying that sounds great, but how do I know just exactly what that is; one of my friends might actually hear from God, but I am not sure.  That is one thing we don’t have to worry about because our Father will make sure that we know just exactly what His plan for us is, if not today, then tomorrow.  It just might be a good idea to keep our ears open.

Though it was long ago when things were different, Paul told us I do not write these things to shame you, but as my beloved children I warn you (1st Corinthians 4:14).  And John told us that as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of man, but of God ( 1:12-13).  It seems to me that even though these words are not current, they still are valid and maybe it is time that we simply accept the inevitable and go with it.  After all we do owe Him our very lives and our world does desperately need Him.

Things have greatly changed since the days Jesus walked this earth, but wisdom never grows old no matter where it comes from.  We are currently living in days when we cannot put off tomorrow; days when we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting (Ephesians 4:14).

If you ever read the newspaper or listen to the news on TV, you cannot deny the fact that something needs to be done and quickly, before it is simply too late and it may already be.  If that is true then maybe we better polish up our armor and be sure our house is clean and ready. Jonathan Edwards once said that pure gold shows its' purity chiefly in the furnace.  Don’t forget – God gave up an awful lot for us – His own beloved Son to save us.  Can we, will we, honor His sacrifice and be the children He has always desired for us to be?

In the glad morning of my day,
My life to give, my vows to pay,
With no reserve and no delay,
With all my heart,
to Thee I come.

Kevin Harrison

WCBCS, 7459 S IH 35, Waco, TX, USA