“See how much the Father has loved us! His love is so great that we are called God’s Children — and so, in fact, we are. This is why the world does not know us: it has not known God” 1 John 3:1 GNB
Let me explain the beginning of this chapter of the scripture. The Holy Spirit through John wants us to understand how much God has loved us. John was the same “John the beloved” mentioned in the gospel. He had closer relationship with Jesus than other disciples, he knew so many things that others did not know but he did not understand at that time the person of Jesus very well until he experienced the death and the resurrection of our Messiah. No wonder he wrote
“…We have heard it, and we have seen it with our eyes; yes we have seen it, and our hands have touched it. When this life became visible, we saw it; so we speak of it and tell you about the eternal life which was with the Father and was made known to us. What we have seen and heard we announce to you also….” 1 John 1:1-3 GNB
John was writing out of experience! He would relax on the shoulders of Jesus, he shared in the secrets of Jesus and he never knew he has been with God all those while until he got more knowledge on the person of God! Many of us have actually believed in God but it seems we don’t know him, many are experiencing God’s miracles but just like John who witnessed firsthand miracles of Jesus it seems like they are still wondering if it is God! Why? Because some of us are still in conformity with the world! Truth is, the world does not know God and their definition for God does not speak well of God!
If the world does not know God, it also does not know you! Therefore the world will define you wrongly; it will tell you who you are not! And if you are conformed to the world, you’ll believe them. The world will tell you how wicked God is, how he doesn’t care about floods and earthquakes, how he doesn’t care if you are poor or hungry and if you reason along with the world, you have no choice but to believe that they are saying the truth. But then, John is trying to let you “see how much the Father has loved you!” God sees you as his child. The greatest love a father will show a prodigal son is to forgive him and still declare him “my son!”
The world wants to give you reasons to believe that God does not love you or that he doesn’t even exist and therefore gift you an option of choosing the other side of life! You can only live like God when you understand and believe that you are a child of God and that he loves you. Being Christ-like involves thinking the way God does! God wants us to live a pure life because he is pure. He wants us to talk and act like him just like every parent wants their children to be like them.
We all know that Jesus is coming again; we can only be ready for his second coming if we really believe that he has actually paid the price of our adoption. It may not be so clear to you now concerning who you are due to challenges surrounding you, but refuse to agree with the world! Refuse to doubt God and his everlasting love for you! Don’t rely on the world’s definition because they cannot really define you but maintain your stand and align yourself with what the scripture said. Do you know what John meant by saying “… we are called God’s children — in fact, so we are…”? It means God did not just call you his children, you are really his child!
Finally, you can live exactly like God if you cling to the hope of everlasting redemption. When Jesus comes again we will be exactly like him because we will see him like he is (1 John 3:2)! What does that mean? It means you are exactly what you know about Christ! The more you know him, the more you become like him and on the day of his second coming after you have seen him perfectly, you’ll also become like him perfectly.
John wrote in vs. 3
“Everyone who has this hope keeps himself pure, just as Christ is pure”
Let Jesus be your model. We can only be better when we keep gazing at Jesus. Since you’re God’s children, don’t act like children of the world, act like one!
FURTHER BIBLE READING:
1 Peter 1:16-21 “… We have not depended on made up stories in making to you the mighty coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. With our own eyes, we saw his greatness… We ourselves heard this voice… So we are more confident of the message we preach.”
John 1:10-13 “…the word was in the world, yet the world did not recognize him… some, however, did receive him and believe in him; so he gave them the right to become God’s Children… not by natural means…”
PRAYER: Dear Lord, thank you for loving me and for making me part of your family.