The first followers of Christ had big ways of describing what God’s love does to us and does for us. Their lives had been so transformed that only the most dramatic images could come close to explaining what happens when Christ is Lord.
For instance, Paul uses the image of being raised from the dead, just like Christ. (E.g. Ephesians 2:1-10) Dead people coming alive. He used the image of being created again, like in 2 Corinthians 5:17. Brand new. That’s what we become.
This Sunday, at the Gathering Church we will turn to John’s favorite description of a life in Christ – being born of God, becoming children of God. In 1 John 3:1, he basically says, “Take a look at this incredible reality.” And he explains how it shows what God thinks of us.
But, what’s the deal if we don’t feel alive, brand new, or new-born? It may have something to do with not understanding what God thinks about us.
John believes that it makes a big difference if we know what God thinks about us. He knows that our attitudes and actions will show it – if we know it.
This Sunday before Thanksgiving, let’s learn together and celebrate together what God celebrates.