I am a grandmother, and nothing warms my heart more than hearing the laughter of my little treasures. I have eight of them and another will make his arrival next spring. My precious grandchildren span ages from 2 to 11, 4 boys and 4 girls.
They didn’t do anything to become my grandchildren, they were merely born to or adopted by my children. The day I laid my eyes on each one was love at first sight. My oldest granddaughter, although not born to my daughter, looks so much like her. My youngest was adopted by my middle child and every time I see his little cheeks and his curly hair I nearly melt into a puddle. They are each SO LOVED!
We have a heavenly Father who loves us so much more than I could ever love my little ones. He loves with a perfect love, but just because I am His child, does NOT make my children His grandchildren. God has no grandchildren. He ONLY has children.
John 1:12 tells us – But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,
Galatians 3:26 says – For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.
Romans 8:16 adds – The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,
And I John 3:1 says – 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.
Being a child of a loving parent is amazing! Being a child of God is indescribable. Being a child of the King of the universe, and heir to the Kingdom of heaven is an indescribable joy!
We become children of God by believing in the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ. The day we place our faith and trust in Jesus, we become sons and daughters of God. When we become children of God, our lives change forever. But as children of God, we also have a responsibility. We cannot become children of God through any work of our own, only through belief in Christ’s sacrifice!
Once we become His children, it is our responsibility to live for Him. We must live in obedience. We have a responsibility to obey our heavenly Father, just as we expect our children to obey us. When our children fail to obey our wise instruction, they can often suffer consequences. The severity of the consequence is often directly related to the degree of the disobedience.
This is also true with regard to our own disobedience of the commands of our heavenly Father. Our disobedience will rob us of joy and can throw us into all sorts of turmoil.
God expects obedience from His children and when we do obey, we reap contentment, joy, blessings, and peace.
If you are not a child of God, you can change that today. Don’t rest on the fact that you were born into a Christian home. Remember, God has no grandchildren. If you have not yet accepted Christ as your Savior and surrendered your life to Him, consider doing so now. Let Him know you need Him. Let Him know that you have sinned and that you can’t do it on your own. Place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ. Trust that He has died for your sins and that in that belief you have a new life in Him. Anything you have done in your past is gone. God places the righteousness of Christ on you! You are made righteous – right with God, by the sacrifice of Christ on the cross. This sacrifice has paid for ALL of your sins, every one of them!!!
Whether you have been raised in a Christian home or not, remember, God has no grandchildren, only children, and He wants YOU to be one of them!
© byMarlys Popma.