Children Of God

April 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

Sometimes people associate children of God with those who have made a choice to believe in God.  Not so in 1 John 3:1-7.  The declaration children of God is purely something that God initiates.  The foundation for this identity or status comes in the first verse:  “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!”  Because God declares us to be His children, therefore we are His children (3:2).  The choice we do have is whether we choose to live according to this identity that God gave us or whether we choose to live according to identities obtained through sinfulness and lawlessness (3:4-6).  The terrifying reality, which makes us dependent on God’s graceful declaration every moment of our lives, is indeed that we constantly find ways to undo the status we have in Christ:  “Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother” (3:10).  Pray today that God will equip you to live up to your status as child of God and that He will forgive you when your life is not reflecting your true identity in Him.

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