“See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are.” (1 John 3)
I love this passage. The Apostle John tells us to ‘See’, through the ‘eye’ of understanding that we are called the children of God. Why is this so important to us, that the Apostle John in his old age, continues to speak of this to the early Christians? When we think of ourselves as a ‘child’ again, what images come into your mind? I think of; warmth of home, heart, learning, safety, dreams, hopes and laughter, I think of discipline, growth and adventure to name a few. But when we think of the word ‘child’ of God, which is what you and I are- the words that come into my mind are; relief, peace and comfort. ‘Relief’ that in my ‘want’ there is One, great and wise, who will supply for constant deficit. There is One strong and mighty who will ‘scoop me up in His arms’ in the face of danger and press me close to His Heart. There is One tender and loving who will descend close to me in my failures and injuries and tenderly speak to my heart. There is One who will rejoice with me, in my smallest successes spurring me on in the journey. There is One who will encourage me and teach me a ‘better way’ than what I am doing, so that I don’t get hurt again. There is One who will teach me the greatest things in life, which such patience and love, because He loves me and I am His. “See what love, the Father has bestowed on us”, this love of the Father is something I could never earn, and therefore can never lose. “That we may be called the children of God.” He longs to be “Father” to us, each one of us. He wants us to recall frequently, that we are His beloved child, we cannot fall out of that place of Love, we will always be His beloved child, whether we choose nearness to him or walk away from His love, His love for us, is changeless, constant and tender. “Yet so we are.” We are His beloved adopted child, precious to Him. This is my Identity; child of God. If we but live in this Truth, receive this as Truth and take Him at His word, then we feel a greater freedom and this is the “Freedom of the Children of God” that the Father wants us to journey this life with- under His gaze, in His love.
Am I living in this Freedom? What is preventing me? Can I “See” the Love of the Father for me? Maybe this is the only real difference in those who reach great holiness and those who fall short. Realizing that I am a child of God and He loves me and is always with me !