God moments 4 (Inspired by Pauline Hill)
Morning coffee and toast again out on the back patio. God whispered one word to me – “children.” That’s it! One word. Immediately my thoughts went to (Matthew 19:14; Mark 10:14; Luke 18:16), “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven [God] belongs.” And that was it! Then I received this email from Pauline and everything began to take shape:
DNA test not necessary........
Isn’t it fascinating how seamlessly children mimic their parents. Postures, habits, speech patterns; all manner of idiosyncrasies are transferred from parent to child effortlessly. I guess, with the amount of time children spend with their parents, some things are bound to “rub off” or “stick”. After all, children are very impressionable and they sure are fast learners.
This reminds me of a particular child born nearly 2000 years ago in a little town not far from Jerusalem, called Bethlehem. His parents were not particularly remarkable but I’m sure the little boy, like all children, adopted many of their habits and ways of doing and seeing things.
Yet, this little boy would grow and become the most remarkable person to ever walk this earth. Of course, I’m talking about Jesus, the Christ, who followed his heavenly Father’s will to perfection. Talk about a “chip off the old block”. Here’s how the Scriptures describe him more eloquently:
“Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs” (Hebrews 1:1-4).
He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being.
And do you know who else bears this imprint? You do, dear Saints. Through holy baptism, you have been adopted by God, you have been marked with the sign of the cross, you have been clothed with Christ, you have been made holy, you have been made a bride adorned for her husband, your robes have been washed white in the blood of the Lamb. And the Lamb says, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life. Those who conquer will inherit these things, and I will be their God and they will be my children” (Revelation 21:6-7).
“My children”, says God. Every moment, God is shining his glory and imprinting his being onto you, his child, so that his love will be reflected into the world. What a daunting responsibility! What a glorious blessing!
Do not be afraid! There is no need for a DNA test for God to identify you as his child. There is a cross on a hill at Calvary with your sins nailed to it, a book of life with your name written in it, a mansion being prepared for you, and a heart so full of love that its beat penetrates the whole cosmos, calling you his.
With humble love,
Tuesday 31st March 2020.
Pastor Greg Bensted
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