This Women’s month, I have thought a lot about the women in my life, especially my mother, who passed away a few months ago.
Given up for adoption at birth, the woman who raised me not only introduced me to Christ, but through CHOOSING me to be her son, showed me His love in action and how, when we are adopted into Christ’s family, we truly become the Father’s child.
I don’t know what my life would have been like if I had not been given up for adoption or if I would have known the Lord, but I will always be grateful to my biological mother for doing her best for me and giving me to such a loving family. Although I was by no means the perfect child growing up, being part of that family allowed me to reach my potential and live my life for the Lord.
I often wonder, when we are adopted into Christ’s family, if we live out our full potential as sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father. Do we truly understand what it means to be children of God?
There is so much mediocracy that exists in Christians today. In all my years of running churches, and especially in my position as Bishop, I have seen how the business of church often gets in the way of why we are here: to worship the Lord and spread His Good News.
So I ask you, not to point out what is wrong in those around you, but to look at your own life, your own faith and ask yourself if you are living out your full potential as a Christian? Or have you chosen a mediocre faith?
Friends, we are sons and daughters of the Great King, the Creator of All Things, Ruler of All the Was and Is and Is to Come. Do you know how powerful that is? Do you understand who you became when you were adopted into Christ’s family? And when we joined the body of Christ, we were not left to wither away in mediocracy. No, the Lord gave us the Holy Spirit to help us live as His children in this world.
But so often we are too scared to live in the power of the Holy Spirit. Let’s face it, it is not cool to be a Christian today. We are mocked, we are criticised and we stand by values that are not popular by the world’s standard. Over and above that, we are living in the shadow of those who have given Christianity a bad name, who have used Christianity as a means of gaining power and dominance over others, who have turned Christianity into a religion rather than a faith. Cowering in the face of all this opposition, we choose a mediocre faith.
Yet, we miss out on so much when we do this. We miss out on living in the boldness of the Spirit that we are called to, we miss out on experiencing the power of God at work, we miss out on leading others come to Christ, we miss out on the great plans the Lord has for us. Most of all, we miss out on what it truly means to be sons and daughters of the Almighty King.
The twenty thousand South African women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 to protest the pass laws had the courage to do so because they understood their identity as South African women. It was because of this understanding of who they were that allowed them to fight against the injustice of the Urban Areas Act.
Understanding who we are gives us the courage to live boldly, it strengthens us to stand our ground in the face of opposition, and it allows us to see the change that we can cause.
So, I ask you, are you satisfied to live your mediocre faith? Or would you like to experience what it truly means to be sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father?