“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God” (Romans 8:16). I LOVE this verse from the Bible! It is one of my favorites. I taught a lesson on this a few weeks ago in Sunday School. There is a confidence that comes from knowing that you are God’s child with divine potential: “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ ” (Romans 8:17).
Of all the titles that we have in this world, I think this one is the one that can instill the most worth in a person. Think how differently we would treat each other if all business cards said: Tamara Anderson (insert your name), Child of God, and then the other titles. It seems that no other title has as much worth as knowing your worth and value as a child of God! I also think we would treat each other with more respect if we saw each individual we met as a child of God.
“Consider the power of the idea taught in our beloved song ‘I Am a Child of God’… Here is the answer to one of life’s great questions, ‘Who am I?’ I am a child of God with a spirit lineage to heavenly parents. That parentage defines our eternal potential. That powerful idea is a potent antidepressant. It can strengthen each of us to make righteous choices and to seek the best that is within us. Establish in the mind of a young person the powerful idea that he or she is a child of God, and you have given self-respect and motivation to move against the problems of life” (Dallin H. Oaks, Ensign, Nov. 1995, 25).
I invite all of us to remember who we really are and act accordingly. So, today commit to answer and act on the following: Because I am a Child of God, today I will….
Have a great day!