After some discussion, for Em’s 5th birthday, Perze and I bought her a crown pendant. I explained to her that no matter what or how she feels, she can hold that pendent on her necklace and know that she is the child of the King, that she will always be loved and forgiven.
Today, my five year old, Emma did a little naughty act of biting her crown pendant, thus deforming an innocent prong on her beloved Tiffany’s charm. Having caught her in the act, I calmly took it from her and told her she lost her privilege of wearing it. Then you could see in her face, the swelling of emotion floodgates trying to hold in the tears, until they spewed out, down to her chin, as she mumbled sincere apologies. I explained that this wasn’t an isolated instance, but that it was to be added to the perpetual acts when she had not taken care of it. That led to a very difficult task of closing the watery floodgates of her tears.
Determined to be immovable with my decision, I walked with her and Zienne as we window shopped. Emma remained very unusually quiet, seemingly surrendered to my conditions. Minutes passed as we finally made a stop in some store, and as I was sliding hangers one by one, she raised her voice from mute mode and asked, “Mamam, am I still a child of the King?”
It surprised me.
It humbled me.
So I said, “Emma, you will ALWAYS be a child of the King.”
Ambivalently, with both remorse and relief, she held back her tears, and almost stumbled on her response, “thank you, mamam.” After that, she felt so more at ease, as if the assurance was also forgiveness.
Romans 8:14-17 explains, “14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.”
Thinking back at such a simple question, I’m wracked with how enormous that reality can be, to be a child of the King. No matter the precious a gift has been given to us, tangible blessings from the Father, treasures of great worth that we end up toying with, whether with indifference or irresponsibility, we can hand it to Him, deformed or destroyed, and He still will call us His. The relationship of child and Father, yes, is a great deal of messiness, because we, as sinners, are messy; we can take the beautiful and the sacred, and profane them. But the same relationship offers us an openness with our Father, one that allows us the freedom to cry out to Him.
And yes, God has given His ultimate precious gift to the world, His Son, Jesus, because the sin of man needed a blameless sacrifice. He was deformed and even suffered and died, but never destroyed. And with His resurrection, to all who believe Him as their savior and Lord, living a life that reflects our spoken devotion, we enter into that familial relationship with Him. And despite our perpetual acts of disobedience, bouts of pride, innumerable shameful perverseness, possessive habits of sin, grace abounds and forgiveness is intertwined, without lines, within His love. We can give Him the beauty He has given us, deformed by our careless hearts and hands, and He will still call us His. This does not give us authority to abuse His grace, because He pierces through each heart for the truth in the relationship. But once a child of the King, what can truly sever that exceptional bond? For it says, “neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38:39).
Sometimes, we hold on to those deformities for so long, wrapped tightly in our guilt, feeling as if it weighs down our worth to walk with the Lord again. But if you are led by the Spirit of God, you are a child of God. And you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom you can cry out, ‘Abba, Father’ (Rom.8:14-15). We have the freedom to cry out to God and call Him Father. Renew your relationship with Him. You will always be a child of the King!
Thank You Lord!