Monday Musing: Children of the Promise
Years ago an ancient, eternal being made a covenant with an aging man and his barren wife. He would make their brokenness and barrenness into fullness and life and they would be His people. When God made this covenant with Abram and Sarai He asked for nothing in return. They would either accept or reject His offer through obedience and so when they pulled up their stakes from the Haran and followed the prompting of this revealed deity they were accepting His promise of children, grandchildren, and descendants that numbered beyond human counting.
Today the physical descendants of the man called Abraham do, indeed, stagger the imagination, but his spiritual successors, the ones that the Apostle Paul points to in Romans 9 as being the true heirs of Abraham’s legacy, truly defy any attempt to be numbered or quantified. They stretch across the epochs of time like an unbroken thread of redemption.
To be in Christ is to be a child of God’s promise to Abraham and to be heir to all the covenant promises and assurances. This doesn’t mean that the church can march on Middle East and claim it as the Promised Land, but it does mean that believers have a promised land and final rest to call their own. It also means that the charge given by God to Abraham in Genesis 17 is also given to the church. The church, like Abraham, is to listen to God’s voice as He proclaims, “I am God Almighty; Walk before me and be blameless.” This is not a perquisite to the covenant, but a result of it. God requires that his covenant people honor him in day-to-day life.
So whatever day-to-day life brings, embrace it as who you are made to be in Christ. As heirs to the covenant and children of the promise.