1 John 3:1
3:1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
On the surface, this seems like a very straightforward verse–God loves us so much that he calls us his children and that the world doesn’t understand us because it doesn’t understand God. But I feel like there needs to be something more hidden in here. In my bible study group tonight, we were talking about worrying and how it is wrong to worry if you are a Christian. I think this is a perfect example of our humanness. Name one woman with children who doesn’t worry. I don’t think there is any mother in the world who doesn’t offer prayers of hope for her children. A certain amount of worry is to be expected. As I said in my group, “Trust in God but lock your doors every night.”
Personally, just thinking about something happening to my children makes me need to up my meds. One look at a roller coaster or amusement park ride and my stomach just drops into my feet. Watching the kids ski SO close to the edge of the mountains gives me the flop sweat.
I am in awe of parents who have suffered an unimaginable loss of a child–or those who are dealing with illnesses–and you find some of these parents who have such amazing faith. The have a peace that, even as a Christian, I have a hard time understanding.
I think about the Amish who were so forgiving of the outsider who came into the schoolhouse and killed all the children of people who were models for nonviolence. The Amish community not only forgave the man who did the horrid acts, they wrapped their support around his remaining family and embraced them. How could they do that? The man had killed their children.
“The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” This is why Christians are sometimes (a lot of times) misunderstood. Even though I am a Christian, I struggle with comprehending their behavior. Certainly it must be much more confusing to someone who doesn’t have a relationship with God.
God loves us so much–we are His children. Is there anything you wouldn’t do (or want to do) for your child? And God wants so much more for us than anything we can imagine. And those who don’t know God, often don’t understand our actions. They don’t understand us because they don’t understand our faith. They don’t understand that we belong to a family where our reward is yet to come.