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 (NIV84)
The commercials always come out right around Christmas. Someone opens a tiny present under the tree and finds a key inside. They head out the front door to the driveway, where the luxury car of their dreams is sitting, with a bright red bow on top. Their eyes light up . . . their jaw drops open wide . . . they’re blown away by such a lavish gift.
I doubt any of us got a luxury car for Christmas this year. Even if you did, it’s a puny present when compared to the lavish gift of love God gave to each of us in making us members of his family. Can you picture John’s eyes lighting up, his jaw dropping open wide, as he writes it? “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!” Children of God—what a gift!
Are you blown away too? If not, just take a closer look at John’s words here. Start with “we.” We should be called children of God? No, we really shouldn’t. It certainly isn’t a title we’ve earned. It wasn’t ours by nature. Dead, blind, disobedient, foolish, enemies of God, children of the devil: that’s how we come into this world.
And God looked at a whole world full of people like that . . . and, for reasons all his own, he loved. When we were giving God our worst, God loved us and chose to give us his best—his one and only Son. The only one who had the right to call God “Father” made himself your brother. He took on flesh and blood so that you could call God “Father” too, and so that God could call you his dear sons and daughters. And he does. Jesus removed the sin that kept you out of God’s family. He beat the devil, who held you captive. He paid the price for who you were by nature. When the Father brought you to faith, he brought you into the family for Jesus’ sake—adopted sons and daughters of the Heavenly King.
And even though you’re adopted, you’re certainly not second-class kids. You have the full rights of sons. You have 24-hour open and unobstructed access to your Father’s throne. You have his constant love and protection. And you are coheirs with Christ: The glory that is his in heaven is your inheritance already now, and you’ll enjoy it in its fullness someday soon.
Forget the luxury car. In giving you his Son, God gave you sonship. What lavish love! And what a lavish gift.
Prayer：Heavenly Father, what a blessing that I can call you that! Thank you for giving me your Son to make me a part of your family. Remind me every day that I am your dear child, and keep me as your dear child until you call me home to heaven. Through your Son and my brother, Jesus Christ, Amen.