Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!
1 John 3:1
Recommended Reading: Romans 8:14-17
When parents welcome a newborn child into the world, they are the ones who declare what a blessing they have received. What never happens is this: The newborn opens his squinty eyes, looks at the parents, and says, “I’m so grateful to be born into your family!”
No one expects a newborn to do that—obviously not. And yet that is what happens—or should happen—the moment of our new birth into the family of God. Yes, God as our Father rejoices at our entrance into His family (Luke 15:10). But the apostle John speaks for all who enter God’s family when he writes, “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!” It is as if John is reminding us of something we may fail to realize at the moment of our spiritual birth: God is our Father, and we are His children!
Nothing can compare to the experience of being born into the family of God. Pause and give thanks today for the blessing His love has bestowed on you.
The world takes its notions of God from the people who say that they belong to God’s family.