Two Frenchmen wrote a book that listed all the families of nobility in France. During the 15 years of research for the project, they found that 28,000 families had noble titles, but only 4,057 were true nobility “with blue-blood decreed by the French Crown.” In other words, a large number of French citizens had added honorary titles to their names but actually had no noble blood flowing in their veins.
Talking of false title reminds me of those teachers and miracle workers spoken of in today’s Scripture reading. They claimed to prophesy, cast out demons, and do wonders in Jesus’ name. They claimed an honor they didn’t deserve because they were false teachers and had no part in the family of God.
Today many people call themselves Christians but they are not true followers of Christ. They have never acknowledged their sinfulness and need of forgiveness, nor have been born again into the family of God. They don’t qualify to bear the noble title of “Christian.”
Only if we’ve received the Lord Jesus as our Savior can we rightfully add to our name the title: “Christian – a follower of Christ.” That’s true nobility! – Richard W. De Haan
Our names are recorded in heaven,
Christ’s death this high honor secures;
And now God declares a new standing,
Which faith in the Savior procures. – D. J. De Haan
We are not highborn until we are born from on high.
– October 18, 1993, Our Daily Bread