Sometimes God speaks to us in the strangest of ways. Balaam had his donkey, Moses had a burning bush…and I had Veggie Tales. I was sitting on the couch as the kids were watching “The Wizard of Ha’s”. All in all not too bad of a movie. A children’s retelling of the prodigal son. However, at the end of the movie (you Veggie Tales fans will know what I am talking about) Bob the Tomato posts a scripture verse. For this episode it was:
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” (1John 3:1)
As I watched the tomato read that verse the impact of it hit me like a ton of bricks. We are the children of God! We often hear that quoted. However, do we stop and think of the impact and meaning of those words. They meant something to John as he penned this letter to the churches of Asia Minor. He was overwhelmed with joy and amazement that God would express such love, as to make us His children. It does not say that we are close associates or buddies. We are called his children. Think of the love that an earthly father has for his children. Think of the love that you have for your own children. You know that it is a level of love that would lead you to sacrifice anything for them..even our own lives. That is the love that the creator of the universe has for us. A love that led Him to sacrifice his own son that we might have eternal life and fellowship with Him. Our hope can be made stronger by the knowledge that God’s immeasurable love for us brought us the precious gift of our salvation! John goes on to say:
“Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” (1John 3:2)
What powerful and wonderful words from our Father. The knowledge that no matter what happens during our day. It does not matter what trials and tribulations come our way. No matter how the winds of strife howl at our lives. We have the joy, peace and confidence in knowing that we are children of God!