When I was saved 20 years ago, probably the hardest concept to grasp is that of the unconditional love of God. Coming from a performance based religious background… I never really felt that I could be secure in that love, and always strived to attain it. With the birth of our first grandchild this year, the Lord has used Landon to illustrate God’s love to me. Let me share a few very personal thought.
– I Love him, even though he can do nothing for me.
It really strange… he cannot speak to me, he cannot go get me something from the kitchen, or help me if I need something… but for some reason, I have a great love in my heart for him. My feelings for him help me to understand God’s love for me.
(Romans 5:6) For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
– I enjoy it when he sees me as the solution to his problems
God must get great satisfaction when we finally come to the understanding that our relationship with the Lord must be a daily dependence upon Him
(Luke 10:21) In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.
– His helplessness inspires compassion in me.
If there is a toy that he can’t quite reach, or the imbalance of sitting for the first time… if he needs me, I rejoice in using my ability to help to build our relationship.
Compassion in the bible, so many times is related to the ministry of Christ… In Matthew 9, Jesus saw people who could not help themselves, and it stirred His heart to pray the laborers would come forward to labor in the work of God. The need is just as great today.
(Matthew 9:36) But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.
– I am secretly pleased when people tell me that he resembles me.
For some reason it pleases me that there is a resemblence of me in my grandson. People joke and say… “Boy you can tell you are related”… and I sense pride swelling up in my… haha… Maybe it has to do with a legacy or something (I really don’t know why)… but I pray that he will be saved early in life and have a passion for the things of God.
How it must please God when our lives resemble Him… when people see you and I and can tell that we belong to Him by the resemblance that is in our lives.
(John 13:35) By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
We have been enjoying the whole grand parenting experience… we look forward to each stage of his life and hope that he will see us as an intricate part of his life… it reminds me of an old line I heard. “If I had known it would be this good, I would have had the grandkids first”.
Expecting a great 2014