Adopted By God

In Chapter 19 entitled Sons of God in this same book, Knowing God, J.I. Packer talked about how difficult it is to bring an adopted child into your home and to what great lengths adoptive parents have to go in order to develop a relationship with that child. He says:

“The establishing of the child’s status as a member of the family is only the beginning. The real task remains: to establish a genuinely  filial relationship between your adopted child and yourself. It is this, above all, that you want to see.  Accordingly, you set yourself to win the child’s love by loving the child. You seek to excite affection by showing affection. So with God. And throughout our life in this world, and to all eternity beyond, he will constantly be showing us, in one way or another, more and more of his live, and thereby increasing our love to him continually. The prospect before the adopted children of God is an eternity of love.”

Reading this passage brought to mind the great lengths adoptive parents must go to in order to counteract the false beliefs these broke children have who come to them. What great patience, what long suffering love, what great compassion, understanding and mercy they need in order to deal with all the mistrust these tiny eyes look up at them with. Adoptive parents, must repeatedly show these broken children what true love is, how loving and protective good authority is and should be towards them.  I have heard a couple of stories where couples have had to tightly hold  small children in their arms in a bear hug as the child  fought against them for long periods of time every day in order to teach the neglected and abandoned child how to bond and receive love. They would rock them, sing to them, whisper and caress them until they no longer fought back against them but slowly learned to trust and respond to their love.Continue Reading

Children of God

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 1 John 3:1

I happened to read something that melted my heart on what it means to be a Christian. I picked up a book on my nightstand called Knowing God by J.I. Packer. It is one of those books I have been reading for the past 3-4 months along with several others on my nightstand. I love how God works and speaks to me sometimes. His timing is so impeccable. It just happened to be on the chapter called “Sons of God.” In this chapter J.I. Packer identifies a Christian as someone who calls God their Father. He makes the following statement:

“If you want to judge how well a person understands Christianity, find out how much he makes of the thoughts of being God’s child, and having God as his Father. If this is not the thoughts that prompts and controls his worship and prayers and his whole outlook on life, it means that he does not understand Christianity very well at all.”

In this chapter J.I. Packer talks about the uniqueness of Christianity in our relating to God as our Father compared to the Old Testament. In the Old Testament, God was seen as holy separate and completely unapproachable because of his absolute holiness. If someone touched the arc, they were immediately killed. The high priest had to enter into the Most Holy of Holies inside the Temple, with a rope tied around his leg in case he was killed by God’s presence and could be dragged out. The Mountain that the Israelite came to in the OT was a fearsome sight and they were told to stand back. Everything in the Old Testament regarding God was all about “stand back”. God is holy.Continue Reading

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