One of the scariest things about a new romance is family, especially if you come from a family that extends no further than just one cousin. Just the thought of meeting lots of new people can be daunting. Will they like you? Will you fit in?
Hopefully these worries are ill founded. Still, you try your best to make a good impression, pretending to be well read and interested in many subjects, rather than someone who binges on Netflix or watches too many funny cat videos on YouTube.
There is one family member, however, around whom we should have no worries. God is a Father who wants us to be part of His family. He tells us this many times. He is one who desires all people to be saved, and wants this so much that He allowed His son to die for our sakes. It has always been His hope that we would accept an invitation to be part of His family, even though this invitation and His love are often ignored.
“This is love, not that we loved God but that He loved us and sent His son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.”
God offers us love, family membership and eternal life and asks very little in return. His greatest desire is for us to love Him and His son, and for this to influence the way we live. Jesus summarises God’s desire when he said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength … and your neighbour as yourself”.
As part of God’s family, He is there for us whatever life throws in our path – Jesus tells us that a sparrow doesn’t fall from a nest without God knowing, and we are “of more value than many sparrows”.
As a member of God’s family there is no need to worry about fitting in or being good enough – God accepts us in spite of our flaws, as long as we try to follow what He asks. He does not care what we look like, what car we drive or what clothes we wear...” for the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart”.
Why not consider becoming part of this great family?