by Impact Church
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” 1John3:1
We hear the key slide into the door and the lock click out of place. As my husband turns the knob and steps into the house our children drop whatever they are doing and run to meet him, hysterical with joy. Their high pitched shrills and shouts of excitement are evidence of how pleased they are to see him; they dance around his feet waiting for their turn to be picked up and hugged. No book reading, park playing, block building, or aquarium visit could compare to the moment daddy arrives home. No matter what they’ve done or where they’ve been it is, without fail, the climax of their entire day.
I don’t have to tell my children to say hi to him when he walks in or force them to smile. I’ve never had to rehearse all the things he’s done or bribe them with gifts in order for them to want to be scooped up into his arms. Even on days they’ve disobeyed they don’t hesitate to run to him. They don’t pause to consider if daddy will unleash condemnation upon his arrival. They’ve been around him long enough to know he loves them. They are familiar with his nature. They’ve experienced his kindness. They know he is a safe place. The truth is this- I couldn’t keep them from running to him even if I tried. Their relationship with their daddy is established, easy, and without formality. When he is here they just want to be wherever he is.
Dear friends- I have great news. We too can experience relationship with our Heavenly Father in this same precious way. Ephesians 1:5 says, “He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will – to the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the one He loves.” Because of the cross sin no longer separates us from our Father. Jesus Christ willingly laid down His life and has forevermore bridged the chasm between us and our Creator. Every bit of God’s wrath was poured out on Jesus as He who knew no sin took our place and endured the punishment we rightfully deserved.
We never again have to question how God feels about us.
We need only to look at the cross for a resounding, definitive answer.
If I asked you to make a list of all the people you would sacrifice your child’s life for how long would that list be? As a momma I can tell you there would be no need for you to see my list. The page would be blank. There would not be a single name on it. But our names, both yours and mine, did make a list. Our Father’s. John 3:16 reads, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” We no longer have to look to our circumstances, feelings, or people to determine if we are loved. When we gaze upon the cross the question of God’s love is settled forever.
Make no mistake, the enemy would love to keep us chained to the lie that we do not belong in God’s presence. But my prayer is that we would live so convinced of God’s limitless love for us that no devil in hell could keep us from running to Him. The more we spend time in prayer, reading the word, and worship, the more familiar we become with who God is. As a result we’ll begin to speak, think, love, and live like Him. It’s no wonder the enemy fights to keep us separated. When the adversary begins to spin his web of lies may the warriors within us rise up and turn to the Word of God for the truth. What once separated us has been removed forever. “Now in Christ Jesus, you who were far away from God are brought near.” (Ephesians 2:13)
All that’s left is an open door.
Let’s run straight through it this week without one shred of hesitation. Our Father delights in our presence. He loves nothing more than being with us. It’s the whole reason He came. May our relationship with Him be established, easy, and without formality. All of the question marks have been erased indefinitely by the precious blood of Jesus.
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)