Back to School-2021 Childern of the King. 10/10/21

Message Title: ‘Children of the King’    

Text: Various

Introduction: Pastor Eloy Gonzalez tells the following story: PP

Jeff Foxworthy became famous with jokes based on the line, “You just might be a Redneck IF…” and then he would say stuff like:

  • “You just might be a Redneck IF…You use your fishing license as a form of identification.”
  • “You just might be a Redneck IF…Your momma has ‘Ammo’ on her Christmas list.”
  • “You just might be a Redneck IF…You took a fishing pole to Sea World.”

One of the things that made his brand of comedy so very popular was that his jokes had to do with identity. People, even rednecks, want to be able to identify with something. (end quote)

Who am I?…. PP: There’s certainly a lot in the news today about how we ‘identify’ ourselves to others.

And there’s pressure from our non-Christian culture, to follow their guidelines for establishing our identity.  And to be quite honest, that’s very confusing.

Psychologists have determined that ‘identity crisis’ is one of the most significant conflicts people face today. And listen this is not just an adult thing… it’s a thing for everyone, ever age.

And that’s why there are so many books on the shelves in bookstores, Amazon, Kindle on ‘Self-Identity’ and ‘Self-Worth’.

And when we struggle with ‘Who I am,’ when we begin to explore the many different ways our culture has defined as a way of determining our identity, it more often than not, leads to confusion, anxiety and even depression, in students as well as adults.

  • They start to feel out of place.
  • They begin to develop the idea that they’re insignificant and unimportant.
  • They start to believe that they just don’t fit in or belong anywhere.
  • That leads to feeling that their life has no real purpose.

‘Who am I?’ is a real question, a significant question or which we need to find an answer. BUT… there is good news, for those who are saved by faith in Jesus, the Bible gives us a very clear description of who we are, of our true identity.

And that’s what I want to talk about this morning.

Why? Why even talk about it? Because there are those outside the church; those in schools, in the workplace, in politics and even in some religions,

  • That want you to not only forget who you are, Christian,
  • they want to change how you view yourself, remove what the Bible tells you very clearly, about who you are.

You see, if they can do that, if you allow them to do that.. then they’ll have you doubting your faith, even… that God exists.

Christian, students, listen very closely…

  • Your identity has nothing to do with what you do or how you live.
  • You identity has nothing to do with how you feel or what others tell you.
  • Your identity is determined ONLY by what God says about you.

Please allow me a few moments to just touch on how God sees you, Christian, how God sees your identity, students.

PP: When the Bible speaks of our identity, of who we are, it always connects us with Jesus.

Here’s what God says about you, Christian, about who you re, about your identity: PP: … if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

That’s where our true identity starts and ends… we are IN CHRIST. And because we are in Christ, we are a new creation, our past is gone and we are on the way to becoming all that God has said we are.

The moment you said yes to Jesus’ offer of forgiveness of sin, God immediately changed your status, your identity.

  • You’re no longer His enemy, you’re His friend, His son, His daughter… forever!
  • You’re no longer headed for His judgment but will live a life covered by His mercy and grace.

And know, dear student followers of Jesus, know that even if you’ve started to believe the lie that who you are depends upon what you do, how you feel or what others think of you.. there’s mercy and grace in Jesus.

  • It’s never too late to start seeing yourself as God sees you.
  • And never too late, to trust that, God and God alone, has the absolute right to define who you are.

God created you. God saved you.

God sustains you. God…. defines you.

And it’s my hope that we’ll see this and be strengthened by it, as we examine our text today.

Transition: Open your Bibles to 1 Peter 2:9

Your Identity in Christ: 1 Peter 2:9

PP: …you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

 The first thing we notice about how God sees us, our identity, is that He has chosen us. 

  1. You are chosen

Peter writes in verse 10, once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people.

If you’re a Christian, you’ve been specifically chosen by God, bought with a price. Jesus died for you, so that you could be adopted and become a child of the King. Let God tell you how that happened. Galatians 4:4-7 PP:

  • when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.

Many of us, if we are honest, have a history of not being chosen for much, at least not anything good.

  • Students, when you’re playing games at school and teams are chosen, are you often the last to be chosen?
  • Happened to me a lot when I was in elementary school.

When that happens, remember your status in Christ, remember who you are in Jesus. God has specifically chosen you.. to be His. It’s like you are His first choice for every game.

  • How does that make you feel?

Listen to this… not only has God chosen you, He has chosen to adopted you into His family… forever. He did that because of His great love for you…. How does that make you feel?

 In John 15:16 Jesus, speaking directly to His disciples.. by the way students, that’s you too… Jesus said PP: You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide…

Look, Christian students…Jesus choose you. He not only chose you but will make sure that you are able to do great things for Him in your lifetime.

  • Even though the world around you might see you as insignificant and w/o any real worth, God sees you and places great value in your life.

Students, God sees you differently than you see yourselves. You are identified.. with Him, and His Spirit lives inside you. Draw close to Him, and be assured, you are chosen by God!

The second thing we notice about how God sees us, our identity, is that we are royalty.

  1. You are royal

PP: …you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

 Students, let me ask you a question. And raise your hand if you know the answer. If my parents were a king and queen, what would that make me? Yes, I would be a prince, the child of the king.

Did you know that the Bible calls God King, many times?

In Psalm 47:6-7 we read  Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises! For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm!

So, students, if God is King and you are His child, what does that make you? Princes and princesses  royalty. It makes you… a child of the King.

  • And that means you have value, you have purpose, you have a home in heaven… and so much more!

The King of Heaven, God Himself, has said that through faith in Jesus, you are a child of the King.

Why would God do that? I mean, none of us has done anything to deserve it. Well, God even tells us why He has made us a child of the King. PP:

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are…(1 John 3:1a)

Christian, student and adults, God   Loves   You!

Look, the non-Christian world and culture around us promises us many things:

  • Excitement, worth, love, belonging, riches, success, power.

And in some ways, they can deliver on that.

  • BUT… the truth is, they never last.

The unsaved world will give you these things one day and the next day take them away.

  • It’s like a friend who gives you something to keep, but later wants it back…. And you have to give it to them.

But… Christian, you are a child of the King and the King is God Himself and what He gives, He never takes away. It is real, permeant, life changing, and so very satisfying… it’s His love for you. Remember Romans 8:38-39 PP:  For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38–39)

That’s in the Bible, the Bible is true.. So it’s true that as children of the King, God will always love you… nothing you do, or don’t do, will ever change that.

  • How does that make you feel?

PP: Think about this.. What does the Queen of England have to do each day she wakes us to be queen?

  • Nothing, absolutely nothing. Why? Because she just is.

Christian students… you are children of the King!

PP: God sees you differently than you see yourselves. You are identified.. with Him, and His Spirit lives inside you. Draw close to Him, and be assured, you are a child of the King!

Now, I’m gonna skip down a bit, not because what I’m skipping over is not important, it is. But there just isn’t time to look at this whole text in one sitting.

So, the third thing we notice about how God sees us, our identity, is that we belong. 

  1. You belong

Why? Because we are a people for God’s own possession. In other words, Christians belong to God. Students, you belong to God.

ILL: PP: Tom carried his new boat to the edge of the river. He carefully placed it in the water and slowly let out the string. He marveled at how well the ship he built moved in the water. Tom sat in the warm sunshine and enjoyed the boat.

Suddenly a strong current caught the boat. Tom tried to pull it back to the shore, but the string broke. The little boat raced away down the river. Tom ran along the sandy shore as fast as he could. Soon his little boat slipped out of sight. All afternoon he searched for the boat.

Finally, when it was too dark to look any longer, Tom sadly went home.

A few days later, on the way home from school, Tom spotted a boat just like his in a store window. When he got closer, he could see – sure enough – it was his Tom hurried to the store manager, “Sir, that is my boat in your window. I made it” “Sorry son,” the manager replied, “someone else brought that boat in this morning. If you want it, you’ll have to buy it for one dollar.” Tom ran home and counted all his money. He had exactly one dollar

When he reached the store, he rushed to the counter; “Here’s the money for my boat” As he left the store, Tom hugged his boat and said; “Now you’re my boat twice. First I made you, but then I lost you. I found you again, and I bought you back. You belong to me.”  (Sermon Central)

The toy boat was precious to that little boy. If something like that is considered precious, how much more so the Christian who is owned by God Almighty?

PP: In the poetic book Song of Solomon, the main character understands his relationship to God when he says: My beloved is mine, and I am His; (Song of Solomon 2:16)

This is in part what being made holy by God in our text means.

  • We are set apart from the rest of the unsaved world… to belong to God and God alone.

Christian students, your value in life

  • is not based on what you have or what you do,
  • it’s not based on who your friends are,
  • it’s not based on the labels in your clothes or the neighborhood you live in,
  • it’s not based on what your parents do for a living.

Your value, your identity is based solely on Who you belong to and you belong to God, you are a child of the King.

Students, God sees you differently than you see yourselves. You are identified.. with Him, and His Spirit lives inside you. Draw close to Him and be assured, you belong to God!

Conclusion: PP: So, what does all this have to do with going back to school? Good question.

First, I want you, no, God wants you to know that your identity rests in Him alone:

  • You are chosen by God
  • You are a child of the King
  • You belong to God.

Nothing will ever change that.

Second, God wants you to know that you have a responsibility as children of the King, to live a children of the King wherever you are; in here, in school in the playground, at work…

ILL: When King Louis XIV of France was dethroned, someone kidnapped his son. The people who captured him exposed him to vulgar language, excessive alcohol and women, anything to feed his passions and to try to keep him from fulfilling his destiny. After 6 months he refused and refused and refused. Finally his captors said, “Why haven’t you given in to any of these passions? Why haven’t you indulged yourself in any of these things?” The king’s son replied “I cannot indulge in any of those things because I was born to be a king!”  (Darrin Fish)  In other words, he was a child of the king.

ILL: Once a queen in England said to her children just before they went out among the public, “Remember, royal children, royal manners.” (Arley K. Fadness)

 You see, as children of the King, it really does matter how we choose to live when we’re at school, the playground, or in the workplace.

  • It’s a matter of identification.

We are children of the King, of God Himself, and with that comes great responsibility to live as His sons and daughters. Because… it reflects on God.

So when you’re tempted to do something you know is wrong… and that will happen a lot in your life, remember who you are, remember your identity is in Jesus, you are a son, a daughter of God, a child of the King.

One last story: Dennis Davidson writers:  A group of teenagers were enjoying a party, and someone suggested that they go to a certain hang-out for a good time. “I’d rather you took me home,” a young lady said to her date. “My parents don’t approve of that place or that kind of activity.”

“Afraid your father will hurt you?” one of the girls asked sarcastically. “No,” the girl replied, “I’m not afraid my father will hurt me, but I am afraid I might hurt him.”

Students, adults, through faith in Jesus, you are children of the King, let that influence how you see yourself, and how you choose to live. Pray.

To help you remember your identity in Christ, I have a book mark for our students, with some of the Bible verses that will assure you that you are a child of the King.