1 John 3:1 Children of God #251
Do you realize the love the Father has for you? He loves you so much that he has adopted you as his own and called you his son or daughter. Isn’t that amazing?
1 John 3:1 reminds us of this amazing love. It says, “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.”
Notice this verse says, “and that is what we are” meaning, you are a child of God now! You don’t have to wait to get to heaven to receive the great love the Father has for you because it’s your inheritance today. It should not only be your inheritance, but your identity should be rooted in the love that he has poured out on you.
The second part of 1 John 3:1 says the world doesn’t know Christians because the world doesn’t know Jesus. I think we as Christians need to remember that if the world doesn’t understand the way we think or talk, it’s a good thing because we don’t want to look like the world. Isn’t that what all the verses leading up to 1 John 3 have told us? The prior verses have reminded us that we can’t look like the world but instead we have to walk into the light.
Because you are a child of God your life should look different from the rest of the world. Be a Christian who is walking so unified with Christ, that those around you don’t even recognize you. If you have a revelation of this great love that 1 John 3:1 talks about and allow the love of Christ to flow from within you onto others then although those around you might not recognize you, they will encounter and hunger for the Father because of his presence and love within you.
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