Children of God


I wrote this poem as part of a preach from the book of Galatians that I did over the weekend. The passage was from Galatians 3:26-4:7, and speaks of slaves, sons and heirs. How trying to live a good life outside of God is like slavery – yet through faith in Jesus we receive a perfect standing before God as our inheritance. We inherit too all the promises of God to his people – promises to bless us, to do us good, to provide for our needs and give us security, to give us his Spirit and even eternal life.

But on their own those things are not enough – if we give our lives to Jesus, then God also calls us his sons and daughters, children of God. This is nothing we could ever earn, yet it’s our identity if we’ve put our faith in Jesus. Jesus said that eternal life is not just a matter of living forever, but knowing and being known by the Father (John 17:3).

I have also put together a video of the illustrations with the poem read out over the top – take a look below. I’m wondering about writing and illustrating something that covers the whole book of Galatians, with its rich themes of grace, forgiveness, and living a truly free life, unhindered by hurtful habits and sins that rob us of joy. As a freelancer illustrator it would be a fairly significant time investment for me – if you would like to support me in bringing it to life, along with future projects through Anchor Lines, then one option would be to take a look at my Patreon page. It’s essentially a service where you can give a small amount of money each month to support an artist or artistic project that you think is worthwhile, and that might not be possible without some financial backing.


If you’d like to see more of my work, we still have plenty of copies of He Was and Is and Is to Come available to order from our online store. It’s a poem written by Stefan Liston of Revelation Church in London, and illustrated by me. You can also grab it from Amazon using the link below – although shipping ends up slightly more expensive there if you’re ordering multiple copies.