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Heirs of the Kingdom

This has been perhaps the heaviest week of our missionary service.
I tested positive for Covid last Sunday, and Monic tested positive on Friday.
It meant a massive change in our schedules, missing our mission gathering at Keukenhof and both of us being ill all week long! 🙁
All that said, it was our P-day yesterday, and to cheer myself up, I enjoyed watching the coronation of King Charles and Queen Camilla.
There was plenty of pomp, pageantry and processions, along with a day filled with history and tradition, ending with a Royal family gathering on the Palace balcony to watch a flypast featuring the Red Arrows.
Charles has been an heir to the kingdom, and preparing for this moment, all of his life.
The coronation of Charles III and his wife, Camilla, are now king and queen of the United Kingdom and fourteen other Commonwealth realms.
Unlike Charles and Camilla, few of us will reign in such majesty, in this life.
There is however another kingdom to come, in which we will.

The Lord’s Kingdom

We read in Romans 8:16-17 “We are the children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ.”
The term “heir of God” emphasises our relationship with our Heavenly Father. As His children, each of us have divine, eternal potential.
And as His children, we have “an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade . . . kept in heaven” (1 Peter 1:4)
Neil L. Anderson has taught that “Every person on earth is the ” offspring ” of God, but to be called the ” children of God ” means much, much more. As we come unto Jesus Christ and make covenants with Him, we become ” his seed ” and ” heirs of the kingdom.”
Think about it, every blessing, every opportunity will be given to us if we honour the covenants, we make with Him.
One of the key covenants Jesus Christ gave to help us qualify for entrance back into the kingdom of God is baptism.
Jesus said, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3); “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” (John 3:5).
The Doctrine of Christ, namely, faith, repentance, baptism, the gift of the holy ghost and enduring to the end.
Now is the time to act.
Speak to the missionaries today.
They will help you understand what it means to be an “𝒉𝒆𝒊𝒓 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑲𝒊𝒏𝒈𝒅𝒐𝒎…”

Who am I?

“Who am I?”
That question surfaced a few times this week in various conversations. Have you asked it of yourself yet?
A couple of years ago, I was one of a few participants sat around a small circle, as a facilitator began her workshop. She asked us individually for a response to that very question. One by one, we gave our answers. A Scot, trainer, coach, brother, sister came the replies. I recall I was last to respond and said, “I am a Child of God”
Growing up as a Christian and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I have sung on countless occasions a song of the same title. The words have resonated for decades in my heart. It is one of the most beloved hymns of our faith.

Family Values Awards

For a number of years, I was fortunate to be involved in Public Affairs and Communication for the church in the UK. Each year, a Family Values Award was presented to civic, faith and other community leaders who made an outstanding contribution to children and the family.
In 2016, Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, founder and chief executive of Mary’s Meals, and Maureen McIntyre, who pioneered Educate the Kids, each received the Family Values Award. Both recipients continue to make a remarkable contribution all around the world to children and families. That evening, the words of I am a Child of God were shared with all in attendance.
1. I am a child of God,
And he has sent me here,
Has given me an earthly home
With parents kind and dear.
Lead me, guide me, walk beside me,
Help me find the way.
Teach me all that I must do
To live with him someday.
2. I am a child of God,
And so my needs are great;
Help me to understand his words
Before it grows too late.
3. I am a child of God.
Rich blessings are in store;
If I but learn to do his will
I’ll live with him once more.
Paul taught the Athenians on Mars Hill that they were “offspring of God.” – Acts 17:29.
Through my lifetime, I have come to know that we are indeed sons and daughters of a living, loving God. Each of us are created in the image of God. I am so grateful to know who I am, I know God’s plan and I will follow Him in faith.
Next time you consider the question “Who am I” – how will you choose to identify yourself?