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19 October 2009 @ 08:43 am
You Are {A Child of God}  
Interesting how this series seems to be building on top of itself. Yesterday, we asked what it means to love, to be loved, and to be loved by God. Now, we look into what it means to be a Child of God. Being someone's child begins and ends with love, no matter the situation. To be made God's child is just another part of God's love for you. I mean, forget being the preacher's kid or the doctor's son or the one without a dad. You're the son or daughter of the Creator of the universe! Does that hit you hard at all? Because it should. God - the one, true God - has made you His. That's pretty amazing.

"How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!"
1 John 3:1

Being God's child comes with many things, just like being your mom's child or your dad's child. God has plans for us, just like your mother or father might have for you. We often don't understand it, almost always want to get away from it, and really never see the value in what they have to say until we're older. But parents do this out of love and a want to take care of you. In the saw way, God has a plan for us. We won't understand it, we'll often want it to end, and we won't see the value in what he has done until the end, but God's plan doesn't change. Jeremiah 29:11 says "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Being God's child comes with a future plan, whether we understand it or not. At times, we're in the desert, wandering for 40 years, looking for a miracle. God will provide, you just need to be patient. We know God loves us as a father loves His child. Over and over, this idea is proclaimed by various people in the Bible. We are God's children, He is our Father. Sometimes being someone's child is overwhelming and makes absolutely no sense. Just remember that you have a Father who is always looking out for you, even in your darkest moments in the desert and your brightest moments in the meadows.

On a less serious note, being God's child makes for good analogies. I don't really have an example right now, but trust me. It does.