Remember Your Family Tree
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God...(John 1:12)
I like kids, but I like mine best. Your kids are pretty great I am sure, and you no doubt see them through the same rose-colored glasses with which I see mine. I would do anything for my kids, as would my wife. We spend a large majority of our time trying to raise them such that they would flourish.
My son Liam has a scar on his knee. The other day he asked me how he got it. It was a moment I'll never forget. Liam and I were walking down the sidewalk and there was a manhole in our path. Liam was maybe two at the time, all stumbles and starts. I let him walk ahead just a little bit instead of catching him at every fall. When he reached the manhole cover, a rusty circle of steel, he fell and hit his knee. It gashed open and blood ran down his leg.
As I carried him home, his tears and blood flowing, it hit me: I cannot keep him safe from harm. I cannot keep him from getting bruised and cut and hurt. I cannot protect him fully from this world. I realized at that moment that I must trust God to take care of my kids - and for that matter, me.
If we are followers of Jesus, we are children of God. Jesus earned us that right on the cross, opening the door for us to enter the holy household of God. We are not subjects of the King, we are his family members. And he is a good King.
What must that mean for us, to be sons and daughters of God?
- It means we are heirs to the kingdom, and our future looks beyond bright.
- It means nothing happens to us or around us that is not in God's control.
- It means he will discipline us when he needs to, but always out of love.
- It means he will give freely to us: his grace, his forgiveness, and his peace.
No matter what this Wednesday looks like for you, if you are a Christ-follower remember your family tree. Remember you are from the household of the King. He is for you. Look for him today. Pray to him today. Watch him work and be in awe.
Go forth in the sure and certain knowledge of what Jesus has purchased for you. Be strong and courageous, for his Spirit goes with you everywhere you go. You are family.