The Father's Generous Love
How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! (1 John 3:1)
One of the thoughts that keeps Martin going through the later months of the year is Christmas. He likes to look ahead and to imagine the Christmas table laid in all its glory; the goodies spread out; the excitement and anticipation of enjoying family company mounting; minor differences set aside. All we need to do is eat!
This is how it is with us as Christians. Our generous God calls us to His table, where He lavishes His love on us. He is so incredibly kind that He even calls us His sons and daughters! And that is what we are right at this moment, whether you’re reading this in bed, on a bus, in a plane, or on Mars (for technology advances so quickly these days!). Whether you feel you’re a child of God or not is irrelevant. After all, do you always feel your particular nationality or your marital status? Of course not. But that is what you are. And likewise, being a child of God is what you are if you have put your trust in Christ.
The Bible says that "God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us" (Romans 5:5). So stop a while, and enjoy his love and his gift of the Holy Spirit. Trust Him afresh. Allow Him to touch you generously at your point of need.
But, marvelous as all that is, it’s not the whole story. For look at the verse at the end of today’s reading. When Christ returns and is revealed in all His glory, we will see Him -- completely, directly, and perfectly clearly! – and not only will we see him, we will be changed to become like him – "in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye" (1 Corinthians 15:52) – when He takes our mortal bodies and transforms them into glorious bodies like His own. What a thought to encourage us today!
Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. (1 John 3:2)
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