“For God intends the lives of believers to be a reflection and reproduction of Jesus’ own fellowship with himself.” (from Knowing God by J.I. Packer, p 204)
When I first read this sentence, I wondered what the author was talking about. Could this be true? When I look at the relationship between the Father and the Son, I am struck by the intimacy, the affection, and the security. And to think that God wants that same kind of relationship with all His children!?!? No wonder the Apostle John exclaims, “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!” (1 John 3:1).
And this relationship affects everything else in life. When we begin to see ourselves as beloved children of God, it changes how we react to situations, how and when we pray, how we relate to other people, how we work or go to school. It changes everything.