“How great is the love the Father has lavished on 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” (1 John 3:1).
John reminds us here of our identity: children of God. The first and most foundational definition of who we are is not mother, husband, missionary, divorced, boss, pastor or any other label; rather, it is that God is our Father and we are each and all his deeply loved children. As if he knows how difficult this is for us to grasp and live out, John emphasises it again, “and that is what we are.” We are called to know this, believe this and live it out, but we do so in a world that still lies in ignorance of the One who is our Father. This is why the world seeks to label us in other ways, coercing us into alternative identities; this is why the world recognises not the love, kindness and gentle compassion of the children of God, esteeming it as worthless; this is why our brothers and sisters around the world face hardship, persecution and threat. Nevertheless, in all this our identity remains sure because it is not of us and our effort, but a gift of God, lovingly lavished on us freely and graciously by the Creator, Judge and King of all creation. May you be reminded again today of this wonderful gift, and continue to be strengthened as a child of God in his service.
Yours in our Lord Jesus Christ, The Müllers Prayer Team