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Today I was thinking back to something I wrote 17 years ago. It's just as true today. God is a good Father... and He loves His children.
Last week my wife gave birth to our 2nd child… a little girl we named Ashton. It didn’t come soon enough! Nine months… it doesn’t seem too long. Unless you’re in school awaiting summer break, or away from your loved ones, or pregnant. Then nine months can seem like an eternity.
I remember the first time I held her… she was wrinkly and cried a lot. She was incapable of showing love and affection or appreciation. She didn’t ask to be born and certainly didn’t seem to like the experience much. She brought nothing to the table. She had nothing to offer me… well, nothing I needed anyway.
But I had this incredible, overwhelming emotional experience. I was so excited and so in awe all at the same time. I was filled with such pride… this was MY little girl! I would do anything to make her happy. Nothing was too good for her. I would give my life to keep anyone from ever hurting her. Here she was, not even 15 minutes old yet, and my life was forever changed! I would never be the same.
Driving home a few days later, I began to think of how God, our Heavenly Father, must feel. We have absolutely nothing to offer Him. He revealed Himself to Moses in the burning bush experience as “I AM THAT I AM.” He is totally self-sufficient! He doesn’t need humans to make Him feel important. He doesn’t keep us around for self-esteem purposes. He chooses to use us for the fulfillment of His plan, but He could easily invented with another way.
I’m convinced that He created us because He wanted someone to share His love with.
But when God, our kind and loving Savior God, stepped in, he saved us from all that. It was all his doing; we had nothing to do with it. He gave us a good bath, and we came out of it new people, washed inside and out by the Holy Spirit. – Titus 3:4-5
The Apostle Paul wrote that it is not because of good works that we have done, but because of God's great mercy that He has chosen us (Titus 3:5). We could never be good enough, or good-looking enough, or do enough or be loveable enough to earn a relationship or favor with Him. He loves us because He has decided to love us. HE LOVES US BECAUSE WE ARE HIS CHILDREN! How His heart must beam with pride over us, even when we mess our pants or spit up or cry (spiritually speaking). No matter what we do - even if we choose a life without Him - He claims us as His children and loves us unconditionally. How incredible! And how totally unlike us! His mercy never wears out or comes to an end (Lamentations 3:21-23 and 1 Corinthians 13:8).
You are completely loved by your Heavenly Father. He could never love you any more or any less. And He invites you to live in a deeply connected relationship with him. It's up to you.