“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!”
(1 John 3:1)
This statement seems to burst from the pen of John, as if his heart suddenly surged with the reality of God’s great love.
It is so easy to go through our days on the equivalent of automatic pilot, doing the things that we have to do, never completing all that we had in mind, and grateful at the end that we somehow managed. Even relationships seem often to plateau and merely take their place in the luke-warmness of life. Stress, urgency and coping are the names of the game in which we are involved.
And yet this glorious truth is only a cloud away. Sweep aside the misty vapour for a moment and look it in the face. God, the Lord God Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth and all that is in them, has reached down to the complete insignificance of our lives and poured out His love. Jesus Christ, the revelation of God and of this love, has come and died on the Cross on our behalf – to open the way back to God, and into His eternal love and presence, starting here and now. Jesus has dealt with the consequences of all our sin and imperfection saying in effect. “You give me all that, and I will give you what I have!”
The world in which we live has its very real stresses and strains, challenges and pains. But the eternal truth is that God, who created us and saved us, has given to those who will believe and accept it, the wonderful gift of His love and presence. The Psalmist rejoices that we cannot go away from His presence (Psalm 139), Jesus has promised to be “with you always,” (Matt 28:20) and the Holy Spirit lives within us (John 14:17). These great truths may remain just words to us unless we pause, look at them intently, and receive them as reality into our lives.
As we step out into the week that lies ahead, with whatever may be in store for us, make the Eternal God your constant companion – the Father, The Son and Saviour, and the Holy Spirit. Remind yourself constantly of His presence and His love. Take a minute to have a cup of coffee or tea in His awareness. Ask Him to keep you in mind of Him and to be your constant help and inspiration. You are so greatly loved – believe it, receive it and treasure it.
A few moments through the day of soaking in the truth of God’s love will make a difference.
Father, the world can make me feel like only a number. Please help me to believe and know Your love for me, the individual person. I need You so much. Amen.