Beloved, we are God’s children now. (1 John 3:2a)
It’s good to be someone’s child. It means you belong to a family. In good family situations, it means you have a mom and dad who care deeply for you and make choices that are for your good. To be situated within a family means you have brothers and sisters, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, nieces, nephews, sons, daughters, and grandchildren of your own. Family, ideally, is wonderful. Family, however, has a way of sometimes being less than ideal. We don’t always see eye to eye, a reality that brings tension.
Through Christ, we are brought into a new family. Jesus has covered us with His shed blood and made us sons and daughters with Him of the Father. With so many siblings in the faith, we’re bound to have some disagreements. Let us never lose sight, however, of just how special and precious it is to be loved so deeply by the Father that, for Christ’s sake, He choses to call us sons and daughters. When put this way, things have a way of falling into place as we count the needs and concerns of others as greater than our own!
Jesus, thank you for loving us and making us children of Your Father. Amen.