I John 3:1-3 says, "See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God's children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is that when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves just as he is pure."
What a joyous message of hope this is. We are children of God. That is who we are now! We look to what we once were, knowing we are no longer the same. We look to what we may become, knowing that there are even better things ahead because of Christ's work of redemption on our behalf. Glory be to God!
Reflecting on this Scripture, consider the following:
- As children of God, what do we know that the world does not know?
- What does it mean to be a child of God?
- What privileges come with this claim?
- What responsibilities come with this claim?
In light of "those who have gone before" consider this poem written by Rowena Edlin-White.
The Passing of the Foremothers
All my dear old friends,
The Grandmas of the church,
Limp gamely home.
We waved off Marjorie
On Easter Sunday,
Her coffin underneath
The banner HE IS RISEN.
And so is she.
And Sylvia, Gladys
And the rest,
Foremothers of the faith
Who wiped my nose
When first I came to Jesus;
Steely haired and golden-hearted
Women twice my age,
Yet sisters, pushing forward
Fearlessly to meet their God
Seen dimly through the dust
At the end of a long road.
Dear children of God, dear saints of God, I look forward to seeing you in worship this Sunday. May the Lord bless your week!