Today is my monthly women’s meeting at church. Since May is the month of Mother’s Day, I decided to focus on that for my lesson. The more I think about this, the more AMAZED I am. What does it mean to really embrace our place as children of God?
1. We are heirs of God with Christ. Romans 8:16-17 says: “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”
Think about the GLORY of Christ and the awesome place with God that he had waiting for him in Heaven with his father. In this broken world, it is hard for us to imagine, and I think “glory” is the only way I can even come close to describing it. Now pause for a moment and remember that we, through Christ’s sacrifice, are heirs with Him. All of the amazing things that were waiting for him are also waiting for us if we just accept them. It truly is an awesome and humbling thought!
2. God is just waiting to pour out his blessings. As mothers, we want to be the best parents possible and we only want the best for our children. Here is what Jesus says about that in Matthew, Chapter 7:7-11:
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”
Really grasp that. Just like you want good things for your children, God wants good things for you. He wants to bless you. We can’t always prevent our children from suffering, but we will always be there for them when they do. God is so forgiving of us. Even when we get ourselves into painful messes…he still wants to turn it around for good the second we will allow him to do so. That’s not to say there aren’t consequences, but He will always be there to help us get back up.
And, just like we want to use all of our resources to do the best by our children, God wants to use all of His resources to bless us…and His resources are unending! Like Ephesians 3:20 reminds us, God “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us…”
3. God LOVES us unconditionally. Romans tells us: “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” He made that sacrifice for each and every one of us. Unconditionally. Regardless of our lack of faith, or our sins…even when we hated Him with our actions, He sent his son to die so we could have fellowship with him.
God’s love transcends anything and everything. Romans 8:38-39 tells us that NOTHING can separate us from the love of God: “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.“
Amazing. This kind of love is almost unfathomable for us. Except when we think of our love for our own children. Words can’t even express the love I feel for my son. And then I am reminded that I am broken. I live in a world of sin and self, and even though I love Caeden tremendously, even that doesn’t compare to the love that God (in his perfect love) has for us.
I have always struggled with self-worth, and one day I was at church and someone made a comment about God loving us just like we love our own children, and for the first time it just really sunk in. At first, my mind and heart rebelled. There is no way that anyone could love me that much. But then slowly the truth of the words sunk in and I realized that to believe anything less would be to doubt God’s word, because it’s all there in black and white (and red). Even if/when I am unloveable, God loves me more than I could ever fathom.
It is a liberating concept. We are free to live a life knowing that we are LOVED beyond measure and knowing that our Heavenly father has an awesome plan for us. No matter what you have done in your life, or how “ugly” you think you are sometimes, or how broken…God loves you more than you can ever imagine. Really embrace that today and live in it!
And, as promised…a layout to go along with the message :)