Sherri Coale, Coach of the University of Oklahoma Women's basketball team, has been very successful. In fact, after last night's win, they are now Co-Champions of the Big 12 Conference.
Recently however, they lost 2 games after a long winning streak.
She said, "We've got to figure out 'who' we are".
That's a good question for sports, but even more important for life.
Christians believe that it is really figuring out 'whose' we are.
Whenever our children left the house to go on dates....or to hang out with friends,
we always said, "Remember WHOSE you are!"
Sacrates said, "The greatest knowledge is to know thyself".
But I believe that we come to 'know ourselves'....
when we know more about our Maker....God.
Here are some good Scriptures on that subject:
Psalms 8:3 following:
"When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars...
which thou hast ordained; what is man that thou art mindful of him?
Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels and hast crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of thy hands and have put all things under his feet.
Oh Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth."
"God created man in his own image, male and female created he them and God blessed them and said, 'Be fruitful and multiply'."
"I will praise the Lord for I am fearfully and wonderfully made....
marvelous are thy works and that my soul knows right well."
I Corinthians 6:19-20:
"What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own, you have been bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit which are God's."
As I've mentioned before, I and my 3 brothers were raised on a cotton farm in the southwestern part of Oklahoma. My Dad was a farmer-dairyman and was good at both.
His Dad was a good businessman who settled in Oklahoma in 1887 before it became a state in 1907.
Oklahoma is proudly celebrating 100 years this November.
Grandpa Wiginton drank some, so when my parents got married, my Dad brought a
6 pack of beer home one day. My Mom said, "Woodie, it's either me or beer!"
I'm glad that my Mom stood up to my Dad....and I am SO glad that my Dad chose my Mom instead of beer!!
(A note of interest here: My Dad was over 6' tall and weighed over 200 lbs. while my Mom was about 5'4" and only weighed 98 lbs.....but she stood her ground as to what she believed!)
Mom was able to stop my Dad from drinking, but he liked his chewing tobacco.
One day my older brother and I were fooling around with a cut of Dad's tobacco.
Dad said, "Go ahead and take a chew".
We did....gagged and went to the yard to get rid of it! That cured us!
However, Dad did say, "If you 4 sons will not use any form of tobacco until you're 21 yrs. of age, I'll give you $50 each".
All but one of us took Dad up on that and he gave us $100 each.
I call that a 'great investment' because Dad knew that if we had not smoked by the time we were 21, then most likely, we would not smoke at all.
In 1992, I had radiation treatment for vocal chord cancer.
I was SO thankful that I had never smoked....or it might have happened earlier
(and been more advanced).
Praise God, I've been cancer-free for 15 years now.
God has made a tremendous investment in our lives...
and it is up to us to answer the question,
'Have I been a good (or bad) investment for God'?
He is our Heavenly Father and what kind of children are we?
The Bible is clear:
there are 'possible' sons of God, 'probable' sons of God and 'positive' sons of God.
1) POSSIBLE SONS OF GOD:
The Bible uses the word 'whosoever' and what a beautiful word it is.
(John 3:16 and Romans 10:13)
God has done all that He can do via:
the Cross, the Resurrection, The Word and the Holy Spirit.
It is now up to us. It is sad but true, but some 'who-so-evers'....won't.
"He that believes on the Son has everlasting life and he who believes not on the Son, shall not see life; but the wrath of God abides on him." (John 3:36)
2) PROBABLE SONS OF GOD:
These are 'nearer' than possible sons of God because of:
a) Love of God, love of family, friends and others (esp. people in our churches).
b) From Christian homes
c) Being Prayed for
d) Family and friends living the Christian life before them
(in what we call 'whetting' their appetite for the Lord)
However, probable sons of God are still short of the mark.
They had better 'enter in' while under conviction for this old world can take that away!!
'Almost saved' is to be all together lost. A man can drown a yard from shore!
A person can go to hell from a church pew....
unless he responds positively to the convicting power of the Holy Spirit.
'Almost in the Kingdom' is but to fail.
To feel 'near the Kingdom' breeds the presumption that 'I can enter any time'.
While 'despair of salvation' slays one, 'soul presumption' slays many!
Putting off and postponing are dangerous for....
'by the road of bye and bye, you reach the house of never'.
The road to hell is paved with 'good intentions'.
God is not willing that ANY should perish, but that ALL should come for repentance!
God has done His part.....it is now up to each individual to either accept....
or reject His Love.
3) POSITIVE SONS OF GOD:
The key is to open the door of your heart....
and move from 'probable sons of God.....by' being willing to be made willing'.
It is the Will that decides it.
Romans 8:14: "As many as are led by the Holy Spirit, these are the sons of God."
I John 3:1-3 gives us 4 specials about the positive sons of God:
a) OUR DIGNITY IS GREAT (vs. 1)
We are special because God made us special.
Frances Bacon wrote:
"Our humanity is a poor thing were it not for the Divinity which stirs within us".
Please remember that the difference between excellence and mediocrity...
is how we treat the high and holy impressions that come to us.
b) OUR DISTINCTIVENESS IS MARKED (easily recognized).
Sons of God 'favor' their Father.
We four Wiginton sons 'favor' (resemble) our parents.
Hopefully we also favor our Heavenly Father.
We are to be 'holy' as He is Holy. Also our love will be distinctive. (I John 4:11-18)
c) OUR DESTINY IS FIXED:
"It does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when He shall appear...
we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is." (vs. 2)
d) OUR DUTY IS CLEAR:
Be thankful for 'whose' we are and because of Him, grateful for 'who' we are!
We are not only 'comers' to God...
but 'becomers'....more like Jesus...
and 'overcomers' for God.
In it all, remember that you are a child of the King!
My Father is rich in houses and lands;
He holdeth the wealth of the world in His hands!
Of rubies and diamonds, of silver and gold,
His coffers are full-He has riches untold.
My Father's own Son, the Savior of men,
Once wandered o'er earth as the poorest of them;
But now He is reigning forever on high,
And will give me a home in heav'n by and by.
I once was an outcast stranger on earth,
A sinner by choice and an alien by birth;
But I've been adopted; my name's written down-
An heir to a mansion, a robe, and a crown.
A tent or a cottage, why should I care?
They're building a palace for me over there!
Though exiled from home, yet still I may sing:
All glory to God, I'm a child of the King.
I'm a child of the King, a child of the King!
With Jesus my Savior, I'm a child of the King!
-Harriett E. Buell (1834-1910)
Dearest Travis, thank you once again for such a wonderful and encouraging article. We must always remember whose we are and what a beautiful reminder you have given us. In His love, to both you and La moyne, Sharon