The Joy of a Child

Screen Shot 2016-08-18 at 3.44.01 PM     Everyday I am blessed to come home to the excited shouts of, “Daddy, Daddy.”  There is nothing quite like being a parent.  It is even hard to define the love of a parent toward a child.  It is not like other forms of love.  I have love for my wife, parents, siblings, and friends, but those forms of love simply do not equate to the love that I have for my children.  My purpose is not to rate the various forms of love, but rather to simply point out that the love from a parent to a child is special and unique.

Have you taken the time to consider this in relation to 1 John 3.1?  “Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God.”  God understood the love of the parent and child relationship and this is the idea He used to best describe His relationship to Christians.  There are times when it seems like all that my children want to do is whatever I asked them not to do.  There are times when I have to look at them and ask, “What could have possibly made you think that was a good idea?”  Children will frustrate you and cause you to feel inadequate as a parent.  There are also times when your two year old will look at you and say, “Its okay daddy.”  There is simply no comparison between the joy and disappointments experienced as a parent.  The disappointments are far outweighed by the joy.

As a Christian, I want you to take a moment to consider the fact that God has made you one of His children.  While it is so easy to get caught up in the inheritance aspect of this relationship, I want you to think about the practical nature of God’s love for His children.  This is the kind of love that caused the unthinkable portrait of a king embracing his child after his son completely disgraced him (Luke 15.20).  This is the kind of love that caused Jesus to desire nothing more than to gather His rebellious children under His wing and protect them (Matthew 23.37).  What love God has showered upon His children.  It is, in the purest sense, indescribable.

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