See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.

God has done so much for us. Not only did He send Jesus to be our righteousness and pay the penalty for our sin, but by the Holy Spirit He has also drawn us into a faith relationship with Him. Not only does He save us from eternal damnation, but He adopts us. He makes us His children. As His children, we are now heirs with Christ. God our Father has exalted us to a position where we share an inheritance with Jesus, His Son.

The great tragedy is that our incredible God often goes unnoticed by the world. The world doesn’t recognize Him. They can’t see His intricate threads woven into every fiber of the universe because they don’t know Him yet. Sadly, so many have no idea who He is or what He’s up to.

The hope for us is that we become more and more like who we spend the most time with. Many behavioral studies have been done to prove that you inevitably start to act like who you are around. This is often seen in the way that a child reflects many behaviors of their parent as they have spent so much time together. So it can be with God. If we make Him a priority, we will reflect Him to a world that desperately needs to see, know, and understand who He is.

• What are some ways children of God should stand out from the world?

• How might you seek to spend more time with God that you might grow in His likeness?

• Give thanks to God for the exceptional grace He has shown us in making us His children.