Posted by Dan Jordan
Recently, when she was being told to do something by her mother, my 7 year old granddaughter cleverly reminded her that she had to do what Grandpa said because she was my child. I told her that I used to have to do what my parents told me, which seemed to annoy her because it didn’t help her to divert the attention away from herself. Also, it probably then occurred to her that maybe I wasn’t the final authority.
As Christians, we share a common Father who is the final authority. As a child of God, I want to do what He says to show that I love Him. Not because I have to. Not to earn points or rewards. Simply because this is the one way I have to show Him that I love Him. In 1 John 3:1-3, John tells us:
“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. 2 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 3 All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.”
We are children of God if we believe in Jesus and have put our faith in Him. It doesn’t say, ‘we will be’, it says, ‘we are’. We don’t know exactly what that means, but we know that we will be like Christ when He appears again. So does this mean we just sit around and wait until Christ returns to find out who we are? No, not at all.
God has given the Holy Spirit to all who believe in Christ, to those who are His children. We know from Romans 8:29 that we were meant to be conformed to the image of Christ. The Holy Spirit was given to us to help with that. Our hope is in Him, so we should desire to purify ourselves, just as He is pure. We need to let the Holy Spirit change us from the inside out. He will lead us in a totally different direction from where the world is leading us, but that is because the world doesn’t know Him. He will lead us in the way of the Kingdom of Heaven, a kingdom that will never pass away.
Discussion/Application: Jesus says in John 14:15, ‘If you love me, obey my commandments.’ He then goes on to tell us about the Holy Spirit, ‘who leads into all truth’. What is involved with obeying his commandments and how do we let the Holy Spirit lead us?
Bullet Prayer for the day: Father, help us to listen for and submit to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Give us the courage to follow you instead of the world and to become like Christ.