“What is Normal Sonship?” you might be asking.
To answer that question adequately, two other questions must be asked:
1) Who is the one writing the stories on this website?
2) Why is this website called Normal Sonship?
Who be writing these tales of adventure?
Well, there’s some details I can tell you here, and some I can’t.
I can tell you I’m Canadian. I’m 23 years old. I have a majestic beard. I love Jesus and decided many years ago that my life belongs to Him. Since then, have been on a crazy, mind blowing ride of my life, often filled with insane and impossible events that I in no way deserve to be a part of.
Part of that ride has included training with or working with amazing people, in organizations like Street Invaders, Eston College, and Power and Love. I’ve also had the opportunity to team up with dozens of churches and hundreds of people along the way. It’s been awesome.
I’ve seen destroyed lives transformed with a word; broken hearts made new with a touch. I’ve seen darkness flee and the Kingdom of Light conquer, as God’s children walk in their calling.
Now, I live in a nation far from where I was born and raised. I can’t tell you where, or give you the actual names of my friends I meet along the way, because some of them can be put in serious danger if I do. The nation I live in is filled with people who don’t know Jesus, the majority of whom have never met a Christian, and who have no idea what relationship with Jesus looks like. In 2012, Jesus started putting these people and this country on my heart. In January 2015, I moved here, and now live among the people, learning their language, their culture, and their way of life.
I live here for one purpose: to demonstrate what a relationship with Christ can and should look like, and to invite them into that relationship.
Why is this website called “Normal Sonship”?
So, now that I’m out of the way, what’s this site all about?
Well, the idea is quite simple. The Bible says,
“To all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” (John 1:12-13)
When we receive Jesus, and believe in His name, we come into sonship or daughtership with Him. We become children of God.
So, I’ve asked myself the question, what does it look like to be a child of God?
That’s a question with an answer well beyond the scope of a single blog page (or even the entirety of a blog, a book, or all the books of all the libraries in the world, really), but it is still a question worth exploring.
Jesus talks about what that sonship looks like throughout the gospels. He promises to never leave us or forsake us. He promises that the presence of His Spirit would be with us all the time. He promises that we’ll walk in Holy Spirit’s power, bringing the same restoration to people that He did (and more). He promises the advancing of His Kingdom, and that the gates of hell will not be able to stand up to us.
Paul later goes on in Romans 8 to say
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
And later in that same chapter he adds:
The creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.
All this to say, to be a son or daughter of God is to become one to share in the same work, the same inheritance, the same suffering, and the same reward as Christ. To be a child of God is to be what the world is waiting and groaning for.
To walk in power, hearing God’s voice and seeing the sick and hurting healed, is NOT something just for “special Christians” or for those with more faith than everyone else.
It’s a normal part of being a child of God. It’s normal, as a daughter, to hear your Father’s voice and know Him closely and personally. It’s normal, as a son, for your Father to give you a task, and to give you the tools to bring it to completion.
And when you have a Father as extraordinary and supernatural as ours, it’s normal for those aspects of being a son or a daughter to be just as extraordinary, supernatural, and life changing.
These stories you read aren’t just my life. They’re an invitation, to step out in faith and walk in the same way.
This is Normal Sonship, and you’re invited.