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! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 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. Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure. 1 John 3:1-3 (NIV)
You are my child. I sought you out. I chased you down. I have called you by name. I have lavished you with my love. I sent my Son to die on the cross so that you could be forgiven of all your sins and cleansed of all your unrighteous. Though your sins were like scarlet, you have been made new and fresh and clean, as white as snow. When I look at you I don’t see your sin. You are covered by my Son’s righteousness. The distance between us has been bridged. My Son has made it so you can live in a close and intimate relationship with me. My Son has broken the power of sin over your life. He has made it so you can throw off the dirty, stinky clothes of your old life. I am giving you new thoughts to think. You can come to me. You can know my will and walk in my ways. I am using my word to change your heart. Instead of allowing yourself to be conformed to this word, you are allowing my word to transform your mind. My Son has made it so you can now put on the clothes of your new life. I am leading you. I am teaching you. I am training you. You are the work of my hands. You are my masterpiece. Don’t become discouraged at your progress. Don’t grow weary. Never give up. Day-by-day, I will be molding and shaping your life. Day-by-day, I will be making you to be more like my Son. I will keep on working in and through your life until the day that you come to meet me face to face. I will make you able to accomplish my purposes and fulfill my plans. My hand will be on you. I will be blessing your life. Your life will bear an abundance of fruit for my kingdom. Your life will bring glory to my name. Your life will shine brightly for me in the darkness of this world.
How does all this sound to you? It is beyond what I could have hoped for or even imagined. You are my God and Father. You are my Savior and Lord. You are all that I will ever need. I am your child. You are holding on to me as I hold on to you. You are drawing near to me as I draw near to you. Yes, I am. Keep on loving, following and serving me. Yes, I will.
Heavenly Father, thank you for lavishing your love on me and calling me to be your child. Thank you for making me to be more like your son, Jesus Christ. Keep on changing my heart, transforming my mind and guiding my life until I see you face to face. Amen
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