The Children of God

This Week’s Key Verses: Luke 9:47-48 (NIV) Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him. Then he said to them, “Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest.”

Written by Pastor Neil Ellison
Written by Pastor Neil Ellison

Please read Genesis 21:1-8; Matthew 18:1-6.

Throughout scripture we see how children are beloved of God. They are a precious gift. (Psalm 127:3; Genesis 4:1; 33:5; Isaiah 8:18) It is amazing to think that we are known by God even before the creation of the world (Jeremiah 1:5; Galatians 1:15) for we are created by Him. (Psalm 139:13-16)

Also, we see that the children of Israel are chosen by God to be His people, and He will be their God. (Exodus 29:43-46). There is a sense here that they become God’s special children. Jesus uses the title of Father in relation to Israel as He speaks to the Samaritan woman. (John 4:21-23)

In like manner, we, as believers, become the adopted children of God. (Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:4-7). Jesus Himself directed His disciples and us to call God “our Father.”(Luke 11:2 KJV)   We see references where God is referred to as our “loving heavenly Father.” (Luke 11:13)

As we reflect on God’s great love for children, we see God’s great love for us. Jesus Himself expressed it in these terms:

 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.  “Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone?  “Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he?  “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 7:7-11)

How might you pray today in response to God’s great love for you? What will you say to Him? What might He say to you? Try writing it down. If you do not already, try keeping a journal of your prayers.

Pastor Neil

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