1 See what great love the Father has given us that we should be called God’s children​—​and we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it didn’t know him. 2 Dear friends, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet been revealed. We know that when he appears, we will be like him because we will see him as he is.

1 John 3:1-2

Written by Shelia Painter from the Brentwood Campus

I had an earthly father who gave me so much love I can still remember it today. I can remember how he showed me he loved me. I can remember how it felt to sit on his lap while he had both arms around me. I can remember how sweetly he spoke to me, always telling me how much he loved me. I knew I had a special place in his heart. I could see it in his eyes.

I can still remember that love, although it only lasted for six years, six months, and twenty-five days. My Daddy was tragically killed when the car he was driving in alone was struck by a tractor trailer truck. The man driving that truck ran a red light. It was eleven days until Christmas. That man changed my life and the lives of my mother and siblings forever. I still feel that loss today.

In our text today we are charged to try to understand God’s love for us, His children. God has chosen to call us His children the moment we accept Jesus and believe in Him. That love—that indescribable, whole-heart love our heavenly Father gives us—is far greater than our earthly fathers can possibly show us. We can only imagine the depths of that love.

We should expect rejection, ridicule and resentment from the world for accepting that love and becoming children of God. How can we expect more from people who do not know Him as we do, as His children? We need to remember how the world treated Jesus, God’s only begotten son, while He was here on the earth.

We are His beloved children, yet the fullness of that love has not been disclosed to us. It is still hidden. When Christ returns to the earth, the Bible says we will be like Him because we will see Him as He is. We will then be able to feel His arms around us. We will be able to hear His voice tell us sweetly how much He loves us. We will be able to look into His eyes and see in them the depth of His love for us. We will see Him, not with human eyes, but with spiritual knowledge. Then we will see Him as He truly is.

Questions to Ask Yourself

  1. What does being a child of God mean to you?
  2. Do you ever wonder how it will feel to finally see Jesus face to face?

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