Family Tree

2013.05.15

“Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God”

(John 1:12)

Reflection:

Quite a few years ago I began to take an interest in our family history. I purchased some software to help me record and display the Family Tree and set about entering what I had and searching further and further back. It has been a fascinating journey into the past during which I have unearthed many interesting facts and even made contact with relatives of whose existence I was unaware. I will always remember the moment of elation when I eventually discovered an ancestor’s maiden name after tracking down the church in which she was married and obtaining a copy of the marriage certificate.

 In unearthing bits and pieces of information about these people what has forcibly struck me is that nowhere is the most important fact recorded – that is whether or not they are a child of God. Whilst in terms of eternity what I have is of passing interest the other is the most vital information of all. The first is information about their past whilst the second is foundational for their future. I will not be welcomed into the eternal presence of God because of a famous or infamous ancestor but because I am a child of the Almighty Father Himself. As a child of God I am known to Him and my name is recorded in the Book of Life.

 John exclaims with excited joy,

“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!”  (1 John 3:1)

 Those of us who have met the love and grace of God in Jesus Christ, have believed in Him and asked and received Him into our lives, have indeed passed over from death to life. Our future is assured whatever the world in which we live is like. The great promise of Jesus is that to which we look forward,

“In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” (John 14:2-3)

 The children of God know where they are going. The children of the world face a judgement.

Thank God that we have His Spirit to confirm the truth,

“For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.” (Romans 8:15-16)

Response:

Your most important relationship is that with God – own it and cherish it.

Prayer:

Lord God, You are my Father and I am Your child. Help me to know You, love You and treasure You more and more. Amen.

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