Children of God: a title not to be taken for granted


John writes,

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. – 1 John 3:1

When was the last time, sheep, that you beheld that we are children of God?  It’s something we can and maybe tend to take for granted.  Oh, but see what kind of love the Father has given to us.  That God would call us His children should astound us.

Part of the reason why we sometimes fail to be amazed by this is the prevailing idea that “we’re all God’s children”, that is everyone in the world is a child of God.  Some would even claim that their dog and their tree are also children of God.  But this isn’t how God views it.

In fact, notice that John says that we are called children of God, that is He calls us that.  Humanity, as a rebellious people, tends to try to redefine everything.  We’ve seen a redefinition of “marriage” in the west recently.  But frankly, what we call things isn’t what matters.  What matters is what God calls things.  Whatever God says is.  Let there be light, He said.  And there was light.

So, anyone can claim to be a child of God, but what really matters is whether God calls him a child.

For Christians, it would be a shame for us to take this adoption as God’s children for granted.  John is breaking out in adoration, here.  On this Sunday morning, may this be the chorus in our hearts: see what kind of love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.

The Christian who increasingly understands the depth of his sin increasingly appreciates this adoption.  It’s one thing for prospective parents to adopt the cute, well-behaved orphans.  It’s another for them to adopt the ugly, mean, murderous, conniving ones.  God adopted us in our worst.  Oh, see!

And this is why we are alienated from the world.  The reason why it does not know us, is that it doesn’t know Him.  We are identified with Him.  He is our Father.  They reject Him.  We should not be surprised that they reject us.  But this fact is eclipsed when we behold His great love.  Behold it this morning, sheep.

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