While we continue to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, I believe we have a great opportunity to represent Jesus well as we respond to God’s calling with a hearty, “Here Am I”! Over the next 30 days I will be sharing the devotions from my “Here Am I” book to help each of us pray about our response to God as He calls us to Himself. Through time in prayer, this devotional journal was written to help you see and respond to God’s calling as you see Him working in your “everyday” life.
Here is day three with an important reminder that you, and those around you, have been called to be a child of God.
Called to Be a Child of God
“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.“
1 John 3:1 (NIV)
Who are your parents? What influence have they had on the way you live? Why? What were some expectations of you as a child in your family? Were there responsibilities and privileges as well? In what way? If you have children, what do you expect from them? What benefits do they have as your child? What do you think of when you hear the word child? Does that answer influence how you feel about being called a child? In what way? How does God’s love influence your desire to be called His child?
There is little that makes me more proud than to have my parents refer to me as their son when they are talking to others. It is meaningful because I know the love and pride they convey with that word. When John describes the depth of God’s love, he does so by indicating a Father who lavishes His love upon me to the extent of calling me His child. While the honor of being called a child of God is great, so are the responsibilities and privileges that come with that position. As a child of God I not only inherit that which belongs to the Father, but I also reflect Him to the people that know me as His child.
As you pray about being called a child of God, ask God to help you know the love He pours out upon you. Pray that you would make the most of the honor and privilege that comes from being a child of God. Pray that you would live up to the expectations that God has for you. Pray for God’s help in living a life that honors your Father well and reflects Him to the people around you. Pray that you would always find joy in being known as a child of God.