Am I Still A Child Of God After Using Drugs?

As we get into recovery and start to look back on our lives, our drug use and the sins we have committed as addicts, we cower. We’re reestablishing our relationship with God, but the more we know of God, the more unworthy we feel to draw near to Him. Many of us have blatantly defied Him.

We wonder, with the lives we have lived, can we still be called “children of God?”

Human Ways Are Not God’s Ways

We have a tendency to consider ourselves and others from a human perspective, and we assume that if we have done wrong before the holy God, we cannot win our way back into his favor.

Gazing out Window-A Child of God After Using Drugs-ChristiandrugrehabAnd actually, that is true. Except this isn’t the real equation. Many of us, being aware of our sins and shortcomings, and being equally aware of the purity and holiness of God, assume we must somehow set things right, or we figure we’ve wasted our chances and there’s no hope for us.

We either use denial to avoid the reality of the situation, we drive ourselves crazy trying to atone for our sins with good works or we spend our lives in a state of guilt.

Unfortunately, none of these avenues leads us any closer to God. Nor do they honor the reality of His grace for sinners like us. And when we say “sinners,” we aren’t just talking about people who committed “small sins.” We’re talking about all sin. Because in the eyes of God, all sin is the same; it is all an offense against Him and His glory. But the good news is that all can be forgiven because of the power and greatness of His grace.

The Hope Of The Gospel

But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. John 1:12

The truth is, a penalty is required for sin. But it is one we could never pay. That’s not how the Gospel works. When we receive Christ, what it means is that we are acknowledging that his sacrifice on the cross was enough to pay for our sins and wrongdoing—whether it was drug use or taking the Lord’s name in vain.

And when we believe in Christ and we accept him as our personal savior, we too become sons and daughters of God, our drug use and other sins committed in addiction notwithstanding.

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

If you have accepted Christ by faith, you are already a child of God. Nothing can take that status from you—not your drug or alcohol use, your sexual promiscuity or any crimes you may have committed as an addict.

Yes, there may be human consequences for our sins. We may face damaged relationships, we may be suffering poverty or we may be sentenced to serve time in jail. But this does not change our standing before the God of the universe, who has pronounced us His children.

For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. Galatians 3:26

Live Like A Child Of God

We honor God and His grace when we live boldly in our identity as children of God. Society will criticize us or ostracize us and there may be many debts to be paid. But we have the right and the duty to live as children of God no matter what.

That means repenting, turning our lives away from sin and striving to live the abundant life He has for us, being conformed to the image of Christ and knowing we are loved and cherished as His children.

And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming. If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him. See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure. 1 John 2:28-3:10

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