Children of God!
Readings: Psalm 139, Eph 1:3-14
Every parent knows that no two children are the same – siblings and even identical twins have their different personalities and temperaments. We are all unique – from our fingerprints to our attitudes toward life. The differences can be apparent even before birth.
At my 20 week scans, the different personalities of my two children were evident! Caris wouldn’t lie still long enough for the ultrasonographer to do measurements, while Ethan was lying calm and relaxed. Today,* Caris is a very lively 3 year old – a real go-getter who doesn’t stay in the one spot too long, while Ethan is much more laid back and mellow (like his dad!)
I have a scan picture of both Caris and Ethan in my Bible. On the back, I’ve written these words from Psalm 139:
‘You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body, and knit them together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! It is amazing to think about. Your workmanship is marvellous – and how well I know it. You were there while I was being formed in utter seclusion! You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in Your Book!’
Before each of us was born, God was there watching over us. He was involved while we were being ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’ in His image.(Eph 1:4 The Message)
‘His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. And this gave him great pleasure’
(Eph 1:5 NLT)
‘For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will – to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves’ (Eph 1:4-6-NIV)
Read that verse again slowly & remember:
‘You’re a redeemed child of God- put here not by accident, but for a purpose’
The Father-heart of God is present in the pages of both the Old and New Testament.
God said, ‘As a mother comforts her child so I will comfort you’ (Isa 66:13- NIV)
He lovingly protects us’like an eagle that stirs up its nests and hovers over its young, and spreads its wings to protect them and carries them on its pinions’
‘He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge’
God’s parenting goes far beyond our human expectations and experiences. Although a mother can sometimes forget the child she bore, God cannot and will not forget us (Isa 49:14 & 15)
Our names are engraved on His palms-His nail pierced hands.
God ‘will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing’ (Zeph 3:17 -NIV)
For the amazing thing is this: ‘Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God’ (John1:12 – NIV)
We are born of God and adopted into His family! Wow! We are children of the Almighty God,the King of kings!
‘But you have received the spirit of sonship. And by him we cry “Abba, Father”’(Rom 8:15-NIV)
God is not a strict Victorian father who wishes to be called Sir He is a hands-on dad, with an overflowing heart of love for each of his children. We can call Him “Abba” – the word that Jewish toddlers in Israel say all the time-it means “Daddy”
‘For his Holy Spirit speaks to us deep within our hearts and tells us that we are God’s children’ (Rom 8:16 –NLT)
In Hosea chapter 11:1 there is a beautiful picture of God teaching His children to walk. Imagine God taking us by the hand, encouraging us to take our first wobbly steps, being there to catch us when we fall, being there to praise when we stand.
Not only do we have our Father God to hold our hand in this life, we have eternal life to enjoy in heaven with Him.
After all, heaven is our Father’s house (John 14:1) We have an inheritance kept for us there ‘that can never perish, spoil or fade’(I Pet 1:4) As God’s Word tells us- ‘Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ’ (Rom 8:17-NIV)
‘And since we are his children, we will share his treasures – for everything God gives to his Son, Christ, is ours,too’
‘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!’
So, don’t forget it- through faith in Jesus, you’re a child of the King!
Adapted from It’s all about love
*First written a long time ago- Caris is now 18!