When my son was young, around the age of three, one of the best parts of my day would be when I got home from work. My son would be waiting by the door, and when he saw me he got so excited. He would smile, he would wave, he even would jump up and down, while exclaiming with delight “Mommy’s home, mommy’s home.” And, when I got in the door, he would fling himself into my arms saying things like “I missed you mommy, I’m glad you’re home.” Those memories are among some of my very best memories. Nate knew me, he was excited to see me, he couldn’t wait to be with me. He was sure of his love for me, as much as he was equally sure of my love for him. Those memories are bound to be treasured in most parent’s hearts.
Children grow up, they lose their excitement over seeing their parents after an absence. They no longer “worship” their parents. At some point our children move on, and even try to disassociate themselves from us. As teenagers, at times they are horrified to be seen with us. Yet, they still are our children, they always will be. But we realize that our relationships with our children change as they get older. It’s part of our living process. We grow, we learn, we change. And, we realize and understand things differently during the many phases of our lives.
At some point in time, I came to the realization that the creator of the universe is holy and pure. Since I was not brought up in the church this realization didn’t come to me early in my life. And once I realized that God is holy and pure, I began to understand that I as a human, am not, I am sinful. It is sin that separates us from God. So because we are sinful beings, we have no right to approach God. Darkness and evil have no place in front of God’s throne. That means we have no right standing. But the good news is, because God loves us, He provided a way for us to enter into a relationship with Him. God sent His Son Jesus to this earth to live the life that we couldn’t live and take our sins upon Himself. Jesus gave Himself up as a sacrifice, He took our place so that we can be in a right relationship with God.
When we accept Jesus as our Savior, we become His child. We receive that right standing with God because of Jesus’ sacrifice for us. As God’s child, I have a right relationship with God. I can call God by a very dear name: Abba Father (my Father/our Father). We are righteous, meaning that we are made right with God and can approach the throne of God with Him as our Father. We can run to God, just as openly, freely, and with the love as pure as as exhibited by my three year old when he ran to greet me when I arrived home from work.
May I always remember that I am a loved, treasured Child of God, and may I always run to my Abba Father’s arms with the pure love and excitement that my three year old son exhibited.
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. (1 John 3:1a, ESV)
“Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.” (Revelation 15:4, ESV)