“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” -1 John 3:1
A lot of my upbringing was in foster care. I lived in different homes growing up. I saw homes where I was cared for, and I saw homes where I was far from cared for. There was one season in particular in my life where different families came to a facility that I was housed in, and interviewed me to see whether or not they wanted to take me home. They wanted to know about my temperament. (Which was pretty bad at the time) They wanted to know everything about me, before they decided to adopt me for a short time.
That season of my life, reminds me greatly of this passage. When God, in eternity decided to adopt His people into His family, He knew everything about them. If you belong to Christ, He foreknew every sin that you would commit, and still decided to adopt you. He knew that you would lie, cheat, and steal. Still, he predestined you to adoption. That’s what Ephesians 1:5 says,
“He predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will.”
People may get hung up on how hard predestination is to understand, and I personally don’t think that’s the difficult part. The hardest part to understand is, why would God adopt a sinful, and rebellious group of people? Why would a righteous God have anything to do with an unrighteous being like myself?
I remember in my interviews for adoption, I would be so ashamed of who I was. I didn’t like telling any of the families anything about myself. I would downplay all of my issues, because I simply wanted to be loved. We do not have to do this with God. Before our regeneration, He knew the extent of our depravity, the extent of our sinfulness, and to the degree in which we rebelled. Here is the amazing thing, it didn’t change His mind. He still set His grace upon us, and that’s why John says,
“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God.”
When he says, “See” in this text, it is an instruction. John is instructing the early church to see, look at, ponder, weigh, and understand the love of God. Spurgeon said we are to,
“Take your glass, and look at it microscopically. Study it. Wonder at it.”
God’s love toward us, His adopted children, is magnificent. It is immutable. It is infinite. It is incomprehensible. We will never fully grasp the depth, height, width, and length of His love toward us. Yet, we should spend our time growing in our knowledge of His love toward us, so that we can grow in our love for Him. We love because He first loved us.
I love the words of the old hymn that say,
“Lord, my heart is so cluttered,
All You are is only love.
Form yourself here within me,
Help me love, as You love”
Thank You, Lord for loving us undeserving creatures, and help us love like You love! In Jesus name,