The True Children of God
Daily Bible Reading – John 7, 8
Today’s Key Passage – John 8:31-51
As children, most of us learn how to live based on what we see our parents do. Children tend to imitate authority figures, so the words and the actions of a parent are mirrored in their children. If the parents lie, cheat, and steal to get ahead, so too will the children. Likewise, if the parents are good, kind, and generous, the children will be as well. It works the same way with being children of God. True children of God imitate their Father in Heaven. We study His ways and do everything we can to try to be like Him. Going to church or reading the Bible does not make us children of God. To be true children of God, we must follow Him and obey Him. That is not always easy to do, and we will all pay a price to live our lives in this way, but the reward is great. Jesus said that whoever obeys His word would never see death.
The bottom line is that every one of us will live forever. We may not live long in these temporal bodies that we currently inhabit, but we will all live forever. The children of God – the people who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior – will spend eternity with their Father in Heaven. The people who reject Jesus Christ will spend eternity in hell. We have all heard about hell in the past. We have all heard about the eternal fires that rage and how bad that must be, but the burning fire is not really the worst part of hell. You see, everything good and pleasing that we experience in this life comes from God. Laughing with our kids, a romantic dinner with our spouse, and a good cup of coffee are all gifts from God. The biggest problem with hell is the complete absence of God. Without God, there is nothing good there at all. There is no laughing, no smiling, and no happy moments. I know this all sounds pretty harsh, but that is where the good news of the Gospel comes into play. God does not want any of us to spend our eternity in hell. He wants all of us to be His children. To make this happen, he has offered us a gift – the gift of His Son Jesus Christ. In less than a week, most of us will be opening gifts that other people have given us on Christmas day. Some of the gifts will be good, and some will be bad, but we will undoubtedly open all of them. The gift God has given us is the best gift imaginable – it is the gift of eternal life. If you have never opened that gift, I pray that you will today. It is sitting in front of you, waiting to be opened. It is sitting in front of people you know who are far away from God, waiting to be opened. May we all open that gift, bask in its salvation, and then spend our lives obeying and imitating our Father. May we all be the true children of God.
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Posted on December 20, 2013, in 04 - John and tagged Bible, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, Faith, God, Godly Living, Jesus, Perseverance, Religion, Salvation, Sin. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.