See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are.” vs. 1a1 John 3:1
We regularly hear that we are children of God, and for some that’s really old news. It’s old hat, something we take for granted. But for John, the epistle writer, it was spectacular, the supreme example of God’s abundant love. We can suspect that it meant so much to him because, in one sense, at least, being children of God meant that we were in the same category as Jesus, almost the equivalent of being a son of God. Put that way, being a child of God is about as good as it gets in this world. We certainly don’t get put in that category because of our fine behavior. All we have to do is take a look around and see what despicable things we humans are capable of doing to put that notion to rest. Not even the ones we call saints become the intimates of God because they are such fine people–though in fact they are the crème de la crème. No, we are the children of God purely because of God’s love–it is who we are–and it’s love that makes it so! Again, it may be that today we are responding to that good news with another big ho-hum, what else is new. If that’s the case, it’s really too bad because life really doesn’t get any better than this.
Thought for the Day: How does being loved change my life?