God longs for us to rise with His Son this Easter
Sadly many of us will refuse to open it, and eye it instead with suspicion. But God affords us the opportunity to learn about His gift before accepting it.
And then we have two choices:
a) accept God and be happy - forever
b) reject God and live in misery - forever.
Doesn’t it make sense to check that gift out?
What Is This Gift?
Even if you don’t make to the end of this post, go to http://fathersloveletter.com/ and watch the video. Its message is uncomplicated and beautiful.
And it describes the Gift.
You will meet a God who desires to lavish His love on you. A God Who is your Father, and wants you to know that you were not created in error or by accident. You were created by Him on purpose and for a purpose. You are His child - if you accept Him as your Father.
If you have, or are around children, you’ll understand how wonderful it is when they reciprocate your love.
But how do you feel when they turn their backs on you, because you’re ‘old-fashioned’ and ‘don’t know anything’?
It’s tough, isn’t it, to watch rebellious children head for disaster because 'they know best’? As youngsters we may have been down that road ourselves, and know from experience that it leads to destruction.
If only our children would heed us, and stay on the right path, how much better their lives would be!
God feels the same way when we insist He is ‘old-fashioned,’ ‘doesn’t understand us’ and is therefore 'irrelevant' to the 21st Century.
But when we turn from our godless ways, come back to Him and follow His commandments, God rejoices that we have chosen His gift. Confession is a wonderful way to start accepting His gift this Lent.
(Aren't we thrilled when our children abandon their reckless ways and apologize to us?)
Just as loving offspring heed their parents because they don’t want to hurt them, we as children of God obey Him because we don’t want to upset Him. We want to be His ‘special treasure:’
“Now if you will obey me and keep my covenant, you will be my own special treasure from among all the peoples on earth; for all the earth belongs to me.” (Exodus 19:5). (My italics.)
Whatever We Ask...
Note the 'if you will obey me' above. God needs our co-operation in order to shower us with His blessings.
When children are disobedient, destructive, anti-social and selfish, do we encourage this behavior by granting them their every wish?
Of course not!
In the same way, God will not reward bad-living by granting sinful wishes.
To obtain His help, we first need to repent of hurting Him, work on changing our bad habits and destroy unhealthy attachments. This will lead to our wanting the right things.
Then: “…. whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight” (1 John 3:22). (My italics.)
Through His commandments and Holy Scripture, together with the Sacraments and teachings of the Church, God Our Father offers us a step-by-step guide for right living, so we can be with Him in heaven.
He even sent His Only Son to set us the example of right living!
God waits for us with love and longing. Will we use His guide this Lent and let Him lead us, His children, to our redemption through His Son this Easter?
If you still need convincing to become a child of God now, here is a powerful and sobering testimony!