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)
I Am Your Child
I am your child. You are my Father. That is difficult to comprehend. Why is that? It is so amazing that the God who created the universe, loves and cares for me. In the vastness of all creation, I am small and insignificant, or so, it seems to me. I could imagine that you are quite busy and would have no time for me. But, that is not true at all. No, it’s not. You love and care for me. Yes, I do. You are watching over my life. Your hand is on me. Your favor rests of me. You are guiding me to where you want me to go. You are giving me what you want me to do. Yes, I am. You went to great lengths to demonstrate your love for me. You paid a very high price so that I could be forgiven of my sins and cleansed of my unrighteousness. Yes, I did. It was that important to you, that I come to live in an intimate relationship with you. Yes, it is. That is amazing. That is astounding. That is head spinning. That is breathtaking. That is heart pounding. I’m glad you think so.
There is something just as amazing. What’s that? You want me to come to know you. Yes, I do. You want me to come into your presence. You want to mold and shape my life as I come to know you. Every day as I draw near to you, I will be changed to be more like you. You will help me to know your thoughts. You will help me to walk in your ways. You will help me to live the life you have called me to live. Yes, I will. Now, in this life I will see and know you only in part. Now, in this life I will become like you only in part. That is true. One day, I will see and know you fully. Then, on that day, I will be changed. I will become like you. Yes, you will. That is my hope. That is my desire. That is what causes my heart to burn with passion for you. I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. That is very good.
Father, thank you for lavishing your love on me by making me to be your child. You are my Father! Help me to comprehend and accept all it means to be your child. May all the hope I have in you guide how I live for you now. Amen
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