God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending Jesus to suffer and die so we could enter into religion. He sent Jesus in order for us to enter into a relationship with him. God’s biggest desire is for us to know him as a loving father who would do anything to spend time with his kids. After all, he didn’t make us robots that mindlessly carry out lists of tasks. God created us to be the objects of his love. His love for us isn’t based on our performance or whether or not we love him back. He just loves his kids because we are his kids. And what an wonderful, amazing and marvelous thing it is to be called a child of God!
What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it—we’re called children of God! 1 John 3:1 (MSG)