Welcome to the daily devotional we have. This is a learning process for me as I go along and I hope you can join me. I will pick a devotional on www.bible.com (feel free to go there and pick the same reading plan) and be posting the verse(s), devotional, and my own personal commentary. Feel free to leave your own commentary in the comments as I would love to read your guys thoughts. Also, I will have a video that relates to the devotional.
This devotional is titled “Authentic”. It is 7 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing. Cody Hahn will be assisting as well with guest commentary.
1 John 3:1-3
“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.”
Many of us bear some of the physical attributes of our parents. We may have the same nose as our dad or a smile that resembles our mother. Genetics have determined certain aspects of who we are. There are also characteristics we receive from our parents that aren’t genetic. Those traits are very clear when we say a phrase that sounds just like one of our parents, or we make a decision that was determined from something they taught us as a child.
We take on these characteristics because our parents have a huge part of our development as a person. We spend an enormous amount of time with them, and their influence shapes who we are and what we become.
In 1 John 3:1-6, we are referred to as “children of God”. That is an incredible concept! If God is our father, shouldn’t we begin to take on the characteristics He displays?
Today’s Challenge: Ask yourself this question: Who do you want to be like? So many of us want our lives to reflect the life of Jesus, but the time and effort we put into knowing Him doesn’t match up. Just like any relationship we have on earth, getting to know someone takes effort and communication.
Spend extra time today getting to know your heavenly Father. This can include reading His Word, praying, and even having open dialogue with others about who they think He is. You will have the opportunity to learn about the attributes of God. Every relationship needs energy to grow. Today is the day you take the relationship to the next level.
I love that even though we are not all Jewish, that we are children of God just the same. I wonder if before the Tower of Babel, if we were all Jewish? God LOVES us so much it is unreal. I cannot fathom it and I just accept it and thank Him for it!
The concept of being a child of God still blows my mind, I think (and hope) it always will. When I think about such an amazing thing it reminds me of right after I got saved. I traveled with some friends to another city for this concert, the thing that separated it from other concerts was it was a Christian band. They played a pretty good rock set, but one song really stuck with me and I bought their CD and played it for weeks. The song repeated the lyrics “They that wait upon the lord will renew their strength, they will shall run and not grow weary, walk and not faint.” That song had a deep impact on my walk, and since hearing it live I’ve always loved Isaiah 40:31.
But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31 NLT)
Even if I hadn’t heard the song right after coming to Christ, I still think the scriptural lyrics are a great reminder of how refreshing it is to spend time with God. That original infatuation that we have when we first start our relationship with Christ is unlike anything else. You want nothing more than to spend more time with Him, to know Him more. I think most Christians would agree that they wish they had the fervor of when they first came to Christ. I also think, counter intuitively as it might sound, that in a way we are more like Christ when we first get saved. That desire to spend time with God, when you follow it, is insatiable, but also so gratifying. I only hope to give into it more and in doing so be more like Him!