Read 1 John 3:1-10
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him” (v. 1).
In the story of the Prodigal Son (Lk. 15:11-32), the younger son rebelliously requested of his father, “Father, give me my share of the estate” (v. 12). And, with his inheritance in hand, the young man headed out to live in reckless disregard to all that his father wanted.
One day, however, he came to his senses. He set out on a journey back home. As he traipsed back, the man rehearsed the words he wanted to share with his dad, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men” (v. 19). In his mind, he had forfeited any chances he had at being considered a member of the family. He would just accept a status as a worker who earned his keep.
But the father would hear nothing of it! After awarding the man a robe, a ring, and sandals, the father called for one of the biggest celebrations the plantation had ever seen . . . Then he said, “For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found” (v. 24, emphasis mine). In spite of his past, the father lavished love on the once rebellious son. He did not withhold family status and all of its privileges from the young man. He was a son to the father . . . and the father was a father to the son.
All of us carry some kind of baggage attached to the name “Father.” Perhaps your baggage is not particularly positive because your relationship to your dad was not / is not a positive one. I am blessed to have a wonderful father whose love I have never questioned.
Regardless of our human experience, as followers of Christ, we are children of the one perfect Father. He loves us infinitely and perfectly. He is not to be compared with poor, human fathers and is superior to even the best of them. If you are a Christ-follower, though you don’t deserve it, the Father God calls you His beloved son or daughter!