1 John 2:28–29 (ESV)
Children of God
28 And now,
little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming. 29 If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him.
Again we get the imagery of believers being called little children. I think this is fitting, because that is exactly how we act sometimes... like little children. If you want to see grownup act like little
children, go to church. Now... for the most part this is NOT the case. But you do see this often when there are power struggles, or someone doesn’t get their way. But also with the imagery of little children, we see ourselves
as dependent on God as being “our Father.” I really like this because I really see God as my Father, someone I can turn to when I’m hurting, or confused, and also someone to share joy. So yes, we are God’s little children.
And this we should believe confidently and without shame.
Verse 29 states: If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him.
I can’t speak for everyone, by I loved my Dad. I called him Dad, Pa, and Pop... whatever mood I was in. The Pa title is directly related to my love of the old TV show “The Rifleman.” Not everyone had a good childhood,
but I did. I loved my father and wanted to please him. My father has been dead for 10 years to the day that I’m writing this (he died 01/08/2003). I still don’t want to do anything that would hurt or bring shame to my father.
To hurt my father was to hurt myself. My Dad was and still is my hero. To bring joy to my Dad was pleasing to me. Well, the same thing applies to God the Father and superhero!I don’t want to do anything to hurt, harm, or shame
God. I practice righteousness because it brings joy to both my Dad and to God the Father.
Point to Ponder: Now I contemplate, what would the world be like if we all loved God
And to add another dimension, what would the world be like if we all loved each other this way?... I think the answer would be Heaven! This is what we have to look forward to when we
go to heaven. No sin, sorrow, sickness... and we will have backyards filled with Blue Bell Ice Cream. Well... ok... maybe not Blue Bell Ice Cream... but maybe... Needless to say, we do all fall short in living righteously, but we never
stop trying. Thank goodness we are saved by faith, not by merit. I pray: Lord, restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation. Mold and shape me according to your Word. Help me on my daily journey.