Friday, 14 October 2016

One grandmother and a bag of cereal

These lucky charm marshmallows epitomize the nature of my mom as a grandmother. As a child we were not allowed to have the cereal "Lucky Charms" as my parents -both Pastors- always drilled into our minds that we don't succeed by luck but by the blessings of God. So Lucky Charms were banned from the house while I was a kid.
Fast forward to when I have my own kid and a more relaxed parenting style. I allow my kids have this cereal and probably a lot of other things that my parents forbid me from having as a child. Lucky Charm cereals has become my youngest son, Judah's favorite snack. He opens up a box and sorts through the cereal looking just for the marshmallows. (He has a sweet tooth and thankfully he likes healthy food too). My mom came to visit us in Nigeria this week and I was amazed to see what she bought my son. She went onto Amazon and bought Judah this whole bag of just the marshmallow charms. Her strict rules don't seem to apply to her grandkids. A mom's love is deep, but a grandmother's love and care runs deeper.

God's love for us is even more profound. He does a whole lot more than gift us a bag of our favorite treats. In Matthew 7:11, Christ Jesus tells us how deep God's love for mankind runs. God has out gifted the entire human race. The greatest gift of God came in the form of a sinless Savior who chose to die a painful death on the Cross just to reconcile us to the Father. This act was so perfect it rewrote the rules on our relationship with God and granted us direct access to God. It is the only time God updated the order of things. He deleted the old system of seeking access to Him by our inadequate attempts at holiness, provided an alternative to the death that was the reward of the guilty and gave us the perfect Sacrifice for reconciliation (Romans 6:23).

I see this blood bought freedom in Christ displayed in the relationship my children enjoy with my mother; she loves gifting them things and they only have to ask once to receive it. I daresay, on several occasions she has preempted their request and bought what they wanted before they even asked. Now that we are in Christ, we have that kind of relationship with God. But it goes beyond just saying words when you give your life to Christ; you accept God's love and Lordship over your life. You let Him become your ruler and trust Him to give you exactly what you need -"For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future " (Jeremiah 29:11).

My kids never had a say in whether or not their grandmother loves them, they are recipients of her love because they are as much her family as I am.

God's love for us is not based on a whim nor is it a product of our righteousness, it is a direct result of Christ's sacrifice and predates both our physical and Spiritual birth (Romans 5:8).

I urge you today, if you don't have a relationship with God, stop running and come home. God loves you and has been waiting to shower you with His love (John 3:16).

If you have already made the commitment to live your life for God, please don't hold back, share the Good News with everyone around you and watch God's love transform the life of everyone around you.  

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