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)
Lavished With Love
There is no doubt about that. There is no doubt about what? There is no doubt that you have lavished me with your love. How have I lavished you with my love? You have lavished me with your love in ways too numerous to count. Name a few ways that I have lavished you with my love. You made it possible for me to be adopted into your family. You sent your Son into the world to pay for my sins so that I could be forgiven of all my unrighteousness. You broke down the barrier that prevented me from living in an intimate relationship with you. You rescued me from a life without you both now and forever. You have made me to be your child. You are my Heavenly Father. Yes, I am. Yes, I have done all these things for you. For that, I am very thankful. That is very good.
How else have I lavished you with my love? You put your Holy Spirit in me. Your Holy Spirit in me is like a deposit guaranteeing that I have an inheritance in heaven with you. One day I will come to live forever in heaven with you. One day, I will see you. One day, I will be completely changed. How so? I will become like your Son. Yes, you will. Knowing this fills me with hope and peace and joy. Knowing this fills me with praise and thanksgiving to you. This hope fills me with passion to live my life with and for you. I want to live a life that is fully pleasing to you. I long for the day when I will come to live in heaven forever with you. In the meantime, you are changing me day by day. You are molding and shaping me. You are helping me to live the life that you have called me to live. Even now, you have started the work of making me to be like your Son. Yes, I have. Your work will reach its completion on the day I come to live with you. Yes, it will. That will be a glorious day. Yes, it will.
Heavenly Father, thank you for lavishing me with your love. You made me to be your child. You are helping me to come to know, love, follow and serve you. You are molding and shaping my life. You are making me to be like your Son. I welcome your work in me. Amen
Key Question… How is your heart and mind and life focused on Christ so that you will become like Him?
Living It Out… Focus your heart and mind and life on Christ so that your Heavenly Father will be able to make you like Him.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that your Heavenly Father will lavish you with His love and make you to be like His Son.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you are becoming more like Christ as you focus yourself on Him.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you allow your Heavenly Father to make you to be like His Son.
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