Devotion

Daily Reflections – Higher Things

Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Today’s Reading: 1 John 3:1-3
Daily Lectionary: Leviticus 18:1-7, 20-19:8; Luke 11:1-13

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. (1 John 3:1)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. The god of many world religions seemingly might have something in common with the God of the universe: usually such a deity is viewed as lord and king over all things.

Christianity is unique in many ways, not the least of which is that we Christians insist that God is not only our King, He is also our Father! God has adopted us. He invites us to call Him “Father” and to ask Him for anything. God seats us at His own table. God promises to give us an inheritance.

This is huge! God shows us special favor. He values us and loves us in a way that an earthly king cannot value or love his subjects. Thus, we can approach God with confidence, even when we have sinned. We can be certain that God will forgive us. We are His kids, after all!

Why do we think that God considers us His children? Jesus, the Son of God, told His followers that God is His Father…and that He is our Father. Jesus gave His life as a ransom payment in exchange for our lives (Mark 10:45). By suffering the penalty for our sins, Jesus made it possible for our God to not merely pardon us, but to adopt us.

This is why we remember our Baptism. At the font God forgave your sins for the sake of Christ and He adopted you into His family. Every time you remember your Baptism, you remember who you are, namely, a child of God. If you are His child, then you are forgiven and loved by Him. If you are His child, then you will live with your Father forever, receive an imperishable inheritance, and rule alongside your elder brother, Jesus.

So make the sign of the cross, receive Absolution from your pastor, remember your Baptism. Rejoice, for God loves you as His own child! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

Once in the blest baptismal waters I put on Christ and made Him mine; Now numbered with God’s sons and daughters, I share His peace and love divine. O God, for Jesus’ sake I pray Your peace may bless my dying day. (Once in the Blest Baptismal Waters, LSB 598:1)