Have a listen to the song “I am a child of God”
John doesn’t go easy with his words here. He talks about the love that God has lavished on us – it’s not given sparingly. It’s not just a little bit of love. It’s enough that we can be considered God’s children.
Knowing God loves us totally changes us. Suddenly we can know what it’s like to be part of a big family. To know what love really is – not just the pale imitation that we see from other humans around us. Through this love, we have been adopted into the family. We belong.
Once you’ve tasted good and healthy food for a while, suddenly junk and rubbish doesn’t seem so appetising. Once we know God’s love for ourselves, we don’t want to keep going after the cheap thrills that sin gives us – we want to keep following him, keep loving him in return with all that we are. If you keep choosing sin over a relationship with God, John is quite clear – you haven’t really seen God in all his wonder and majesty. You just simply don’t know him for what he really is.
It’s not a question of never making mistakes, always being perfect, but rather, about the direction we are facing. Are we facing towards God, or turning away from him and his ways, and choosing the things that damage us instead?
Why not take some time to reflect today. Which way are you facing?
Lord God, thank you that you adopt us into your family. Thank you that in your love we all belong. Help us to keep facing you, and keep on the right path. Amen.
What are some of the things you can do to keep on God’s path and to keep your focus on him throughout your day?