The Father’s Gift
Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. The word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.” John 14:23-24
In the midst of our discussion on obedience last month I was struck by one of the students mentioning that at times it was easier to obey their grandparents than their parents. The reason was the role the grandparents had was to spoil the grandkids, while parents had the task of putting rules and limits on their children. The student wanted to please their grandparents because of everything they had given them, but resisted the restrictions of parents. As we talked about this, it struck me that God’s preferred method of relating to us is as a father and not a grandfather.
During Christmas we see Jesus as the gift that God offers to us, and that is rightly so. The Bible clearly tells us that Jesus is a gift, and our salvation through Him is a gift that we could never repay. The giving doesn’t end there, though. God’s gracious gift is not merely a handout. God calls all of us to be His children.
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
If we are all uniquely called to relationship with God through baptism, then it is true that God has no grandchildren. And part of the gift of salvation is that we are called to obey His commands, such as the command to make disciples in Matthew 28:18-20.
Perhaps obedience is the best gift we can give back to our Father this Christmas!