LENT DEVOTIONAL 2015 – 40 DAYS OF CLASSIC ROCK – #12 – “Sweet Child Of Mine” – Guns N Roses
by Pastor Kyle Durbin, Centenary UMC
Incase the message hadn’t already been received, “Appetite for Destruction,” the 1987 release by Guns N Roses, made it loud and clear that hair metal had arrived (and that there was some talented stuff to it too!) While not the most popular song released at the time, “Sweet Child of Mine,” has gone on to become the musical high note of the album, being covered by countless pop and rock acts, including Sheryl Crow’s widely acclaimed cover in 1999.
According to the Gospels, Jesus Christ was the “sweet child” of God, as in Matthew 3:17, after Jesus is baptized, the voice of God proclaims, ““This is my Son whom I dearly love; I find happiness in him.” Without getting too theological, the Christian belief is that, for those that believe in Christ, the Holy Spirit of God dwells inside of them, thus, making them equally children of God. Long story short, this is why, in Galatians 3:26, the apostle Paul writes, “For we are all children of God.” It is important to remember that, no matter who you are, when God looks at you, he very well may be singing,”Sweet Child of Mine.”
Parental God, we all long for someone who cares for us unconditionally. Help us recognize your love in our lives, and respond by living a life that is worthy of us each being called your child. Amen.