There is often an obvious broad gap between those who are the children of Lord and those who embrace the world as their master. There are sometimes those who claim to be part of the family of God but they fall short of authenticity and cannot produce the evidence of birthright.
One key measure for authenticity is faithfulness. The child of the King seeks to be known for their faithfulness to the One who loves us the most.
Paraphrased from the “Valley of Vision,” I offer a prayer for faithfulness:
Grant us always to know that to walk with Jesus makes other interests a shadow and a dream.
Keep us from intermittent attention to eternal things;
Save us from the delusion of those
who fail to go far in faith,
who are concerned but not converted,
who have another heart but not a new one,
who have light, zeal, confidence, but not in Christ.
Let us judge our walk with the Lord,
not only by our dependence upon Jesus,
but by our love to Him,
our conformity to Him,
our knowledge of Him.
Give us a faith that is both real and maturing,
That perseveres and grows stronger,
That lives and works in the Spirit,
That profits by every correction,
That is injured by no carnal indulgence.
Lord our King, grant us grace to be faithful to You.