I reread 1 John last night as part of my preparation for our Revelation study and since then the phrase children of God has bounced around in my head. It’s a phrase that brings me great joy, but also great awe, and fear that I will let my Father down. I want to be a good child, to serve Him well in all that I do. It’s not always easy, but it will always be worth it. For instance because I am a child of God my earthly family (parents and siblings) persecute and ridicule me, they disagree with the fact that I live my life to serve my Lord first and foremost. God is the top, the center, the reason I am alive, to Him goes all the glory and praise. Next comes my husband, after all, we women are called in Ephesians 5:22-24 to submit to our husbands as our head just the church submits to Christ as it’s head. Then my son, our precious gift from God that He has entrusted us to bring up to fear and love Him, followed by our brothers and sisters in Christ, family and friends. This choice to heed God’s word, putting Him above all else and then my husband and son offends those who are not followers, not believers and thus feel they should be the most important people in my life. So they have persecuted me. But it’s not just my family, I have friends who say I’m too much of a Jesus freak. I am a Jesus freak, I never claimed not to be, He loves me so much He died for me, how can I not devote every breathe, every second, every fiber of my being to loving and serving Him. Of course I proclaim His name, sing His praise, talk about Him, live my life for Him. I’ll claim that title with rejoicing!
My point is that I began thinking about what it means to be a child of God. I found this passage in 1 John renewed my strength, steadied my walk and pointed me evermore at the one whom I serve, the Lord.
And now, my little children, abide in him; that, if he shall be manifested, we may have boldness, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. 1 John 2:28
If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one also that doeth righteousness is begotten of him. 1 John 2:29
Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God: and such we are. For this cause the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 1 John 3:1
Beloved, now are we children of God, and it is not yet made manifest what we shall be. We know that, if he shall be manifested, we shall be like him; for we shall see him even as he is. And every one that hath this hope set on him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. 1 John 3:2-3
Every one that doeth sin doeth also lawlessness: and sin is lawlessness. 1 John 3:4
And ye know that he was manifested to take away sins; and in him is no sin. Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither knoweth him. 1 John 3:5-6
My little children, let no man lead you astray: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous: he that doeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. To this end was the Son of God manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:7-8
Whosoever is begotten of God doeth no sin, because his seed abideth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is begotten of God. 1 John 3:9
In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. 1 John 3:10