They are born of humble origins and inauspicious beginnings; they start as any other sinful human being. The vast majority will not come from the powerful elite class, for “not many mighty, not many noble are called” (1). God is rather choosing out the weak of this world, ones who have little power or influence. He does this so that when He reveals Himself in these chosen ones, they’ll know it is Him and not them doing the greater works.
Called to Transcend
They will have been called by their heavenly Father to transcend merely dwelling on temporary earthly delights for themselves.
During their initial selfish sashay upon earth, they will eventually see that enough is enough. For how many women must one man bed until he finally realizes that sex without the heavenly component of love is senseless, fruitless, and meaningless. And how many men must one woman lay with before she sees the futility of her physical submission.
Awaking Out of the Mud
The future offspring of God will awake one day and try to wash up from the mud-caked sin that smears their inner spirit. They will hear the LORD cry, “Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your doings from before my eyes” (2). They will at once want to change, to clean up, to attire themselves in clothes not meant to attract another’s attention, but just to modestly cover the shame of their nakedness.
They will want to change, but they will not know how exactly. They will try to change themselves for themselves, but they will see that doing things for your self is just that same sly selfishness dolled up for another run.
They will finally see that they can’t change themselves–for themselves. They’ll see that as long as their old self is still there, it will selfishly devote its life for self-aggrandizement. That is all the old nature can do.
Don’t “Become a Better You”!
The world is full of people trying to become better. They are encouraged by feel-good false teachers to do so. But the sons and daughters of God will see through this. They’ll realize that the “You” in Become a Better You! has got to go. The “You” must willingly surrender its sovereignty over its body. The “You” must not be re-directed or “made better.” God commands that the old “You” repent, by dying on the cross with Christ.
It’s a tough sentence–this self-imposed crucifixion. But the future sons and daughters of the Creator will become desperate enough to just believe what the scriptures of truth say. They will surrender their old selfish existence up to God. They will abdicate themselves as sovereign of their own life. They will present their bodies back to God to allow His Spirit reign in them.
Life Out of Death
True life out of death. Since God’s Spirit will not dwell in unclean temples (bodies), our old selfish heart must go. And the only way to get rid of it is on the cross. Through belief in His resurrection, the Spirit enters our hearts after we are immersed in His death (3).
At first hearing this, many will draw back. This is why the Master said, “Few there be to find this way of truth.” For “many are called, but few are chosen” (4).
After the surrender, the Spirit grows up in a person. Lessons are learned; small battles with the adversary are fought and won; “senses are exercised to discern both good and evil.” Fiery trials of their belief in Him come and go, lending their purifying qualities to the gold-like faith they are walking in.
Their knowledge increases about His government (kingdom), and they continue growing “up into Him” until eventually “Christ be formed in you” (5).
The manifested sons of God are destined to emerge in these latter days. It is the crowning event of our age. The casting call is going out. The sons and daughters of God will be the stars of the show, and God will choose all unknowns for these roles. The question still is, Are we one of them? Kenneth Wayne Hancock
- I Cor. 1: 26
- Isa. 1:16
- Rom. 6: 1-6; I Cor. 1: 18
- Matt. 20: 16
- Gal. 4: 19