“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?” – Psalm 8:3-4
I love to sit outside in the evening during the summer, and just take in the natural beauty that surrounds us in Wisconsin. The other night as I was admiring the full moon, I was reminded of Psalm 8:3-4. As the Psalmist looked around at creation, and sees the mightiness of God, he is astounded that God actually cares about human beings. Why should the great God of the universe care about us? And yet the Bible reveals God does!
But even more astonishing and profound than God’s caring for humankind is this truth: Through Jesus Christ, God has made His deep, deep love for us abundantly clear. For as 1 John 3: 1 says, “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”
Did you catch that? God’s love for us is so great, that through our faith in Jesus Christ, God adopts us as His cherished children. We become members of God’s family. Our new identity is this: “I am a child of God!” That is who we are and whose we are, because God became a man in Jesus Christ, died for us and rose again!
And our response? Let’s then live our lives with thanksgiving and hope. Let’s live out of our identity as God’s children, by becoming more like Jesus in our thinking, in our speaking, in our goals, and in our attitudes. And let’s love others with the grace filled, generous, and extravagant kind of love God has for us. And above all, let’s worship, love, and serve God with all that we are and have!!
See you in worship Sunday mornings at 10:00 A.M.!!!
Grace and Peace,