Fri., Feb. 4/22
Three very important men were born on this day! In 1902 American aviator Charles Lindbergh was born in Detroit, Michigan. In 1906 German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer was born in Breslau, Germany (now Wrocław, Poland). In 1987 Canadian programmer Nathaniel John McLean was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
The first we know because of his accomplishments. The second we know because of his insightful writings. The third I suspect many readers may not know, but I know him because he is my son, my only son. Of the lot of them his birthday is foremost on my mind and the only one of the above marked on my calendar.
Although he too is capable of many great accomplishments and insightful writings he need not demonstrate any of these to ever remain the one most dear to my heart, the one in whose life and welfare and needs I am most vitally involved and interested. Why? Because, as I have said, he is my son and always will be. Him I know because of relationship. Relationship always trumps performance.
What is obvious to any parent about their love for their children often escapes the child of God: Relationship is why God loves His children too!
To all born anew into the family of God Christ says, “…whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” (Matt. 12:50). And what is that most essential will of the Father? He says, “And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:40). To believe! To trust Christ, turning from sin, loving and obeying Him – this is all that is required to become a child of God.
John marveled, “Beloved, now we are children of God…” (1 John 3:2a), and Jesus Himself assures, “…the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.” (John 16:27). He teaches to pray: “Our Father in heaven…” (Matt. 6:9).
Yet we scurry about like Martha making things presentable, as if He’d not already seen our recent chaos. Like Pharisees we tithe the minutest mint, fast three times in the week, read, and study, and memorize. All fine and well, but in no way prerequisites of His love for us. Before we did any of them He loved us. In fact, the gospel is clear: “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom. 5:8).
Come to Him in simple childlike dependency. To be “born again” (John 3:3) will be your best birthday ever!