TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13
“See how very much our Father loves us, for He calls us His children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know Him. Dear friends, we are already God’s children…”
1 John 3:1-2 (NLT)
I CAN CHANGE BECAUSE GOD’S LOVE IS WRAPPED AROUND ME
On the chapel wall at Eagle Village, a residential treatment center for boys near Hersey, Michigan, hang the portraits of two twelve-year-old boys—Rick and Rosy. The pictures bring to mind a tragedy that happened years ago. Boys from Eagle Village were on a canoe expedition on Lake Superior when they pulled ashore to make camp. Rosy spotted something floating in the water, so he pushed off in a canoe to retrieve it. Strong winds quickly blew him offshore. The staff recognized his danger and started off in two canoes to rescue him. When Rick saw that his best friend was in danger, he insisted on going along. The wind tossed all three canoes until finally they capsized. The staff members all made it to shore. But Rick and Rosy were both lost in the depths of Lake Superior. A plaque between the pictures is inscribed: Rick, who loved enough to give his life for another. Rosy, who was loved enough to have another pay that price.
1 John 3 is a “plaque” reminding us of God’s great and sacrificial love for us. It could read, “Jesus, who loved enough to give His life for you. You, who were loved enough to have another pay that price.” The word used for “See” in 1 John 3:1 means to stop everything and think about the significance of something. And the word used for “very much” implies a sense of astonishment. John is saying slow down and think about how astonishing it is that God loves us and calls us His children.
John’s reason for the life change he talks about in the rest of 1 John 3 is the fact that we have received and are surrounded by God’s great love. The only way into God’s family is by grace, through faith in Jesus. Reflect on the time when you realized your need for Christ and asked God to let you into His family.
Luke 7:47 reads, “Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” Thank God that you have been forgiven much. Thank God that you can call Him “Daddy.” Thank Him for His great love for you.