Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The son of David.” (Matt.22:42 KJV)
Some people brag about their fathers based on material or financial wealth. I have come to understand that beyond the material or tangible possessions, what really matters to destiny is the virtue being imparted and the values being bequeathed by whoever plays the role of a father.
In my place of nativity, when someone becomes too arrogant or self-conceited, some cocky folks will ask him or her – “ Who is your father?” Most times, people in your community assess you or accord you respect based on your paternity. Fatherhood is a hood that hooks you to destiny in very peculiar ways. Particularly, it influences your choices in life and in turn gives voice to destiny. Remember, on the Mount of Transfiguration, God declared concerning His Son Jesus, “…, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.” (Matt.17:5)
Some fundamental and distinctive qualities are passed from parents to their children. Therefore, your work or character reflects your DNA. In my clime, when someone does something outstanding after the order of his/her father, it would be said that he is a true son or daughter of his or her father. My father in the gospel, Dr. David Oyedepo puts it succinctly, “ The proof of sonship is replication of grace.
An understanding of whose son you are, can impact on your destiny in the following ways:
1. It will empower your identity.
Part of the problem many have today can be attributed to identity crisis. Jesus understood the power of sonship that he never mistook His identity.
2. It empowers your heritage.
The prodigal son had the covenant sense of inheritance. No wonder he demanded for it and also had the courage to return home even after spending it.
3. It gives a sense of security and solidarity.
In John 8:29, Jesus said, “…: the Father hath not left me alone…”
4. Fathers pattern the blessed life.
Fathers show sons the way to go by their exemplary lives to enjoy blessings and increase. In Isaiah 51:2, God instructed us thus, “Look unto Abraham your father, …: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him.”
5. Fathers create room for enthronement and glory for sons.
King Uzzaiah was enthroned in his father’s room. Fathers make enough generational room. (2 Chron.26:1) The Wise man said in Proverbs 17:6 that the glory of sons are their fathers.
Therefore, if we must enjoy the full benefits of sonship, we must do the works of our covenant fathers. Jesus said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.” (John 5:19)
Also, the Scripture said in John 8:39, “Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham.”
One thing that’s clear is that whilst we had no say in our earthly paternity, God has empowered us to choose freely between Him and the devil as our Eternal Father. Howbeit, He loves us most dearly that he wants to be our Father. This love He demonstrated by giving us His Only Son.
The good news is that God has empowered anyone who receives and believes in Christ to become a son or daughter of God. And by yielding to the leadership of the Holy Spirit, we confirm our sonship. (John 1:12; Roms.8:14; Gal.5:18)
Therefore, whose son, are you? The choice is obviously yours. But I counsel you to make God your Father today.
To your sonship,