1 John 3:1 See what great 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.

One of the many blessings that still amazes and presses me to humble adoration, is the fact that God called me his son — his very own. Let me ask you this and pause for a while to reflect: Is it possible for God to save us from the wrath of hell’s fire but not adopting us into his family? Of course, the answer is an obvious yes. He still is our Savior and we can still express our utmost gratitude for that.

But no, He didn’t stop loving us after he’s done paying the debts of our sins on the cross. The moment we put our faith in the finished work of Jesus, God bestowed this right to us ( along with our salvation ). The right to be called His Child (John 1:12) and the right to call him Abba or Daddy (Romans 8:15).

So God through the apostle John invites you to see and behold this glorious truth(1 John 3:1). That the God who spoke the universe into existence, who stretched the vast heavens and set the stars in their courses has greatly loved and lavishly extended this love to a once rebellious hell-bound evil-doer — a doomed sinner like you and me.

To be called as God’s own son or daughter is an unequaled and unrivaled privilege. Is there such greater expression of love than this? None. We are His and He is ours no matter how underserving we are. Ergo, all of God’s care, protection, love, and provision is for us the moment we received Jesus into our hearts (Romans 8:31). They’re all graciously and freely given and we don’t have to tirelessly earn them anymore (Romans 8:32).

On the flipside, it would be a distressing situation if you have a slavish attitude and mindset relating to God (which is the case for most Christians) when you were designed to flourish and enjoy an intimate father-son/father-daughter relationship with Him.

“So through God you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son then an heir.” Galatians 4:7.

Know your rights!