Scripture: 1 John 3:1-10
Observation: John reminds us that as children of God, we must turn away from sin and instead continue to do what is right.
Application: Every family has norms, simple traditions and practices they develop that unconsciously weave themselves into everyday life.
Growing up, Sunday brunch was our norm. While my mom was traditionally the cook in the house, my dad was the brunch aficionado. After we got back from 8:15 mass on Sunday morning, my dad would start up the griddle and get cooking. His specialty was French toast with his “secret” ingredient (an extra splash of vanilla). We’d gobble up slice after slice of French toast topped with butter and syrup, stuffed until our late afternoon “lupper” (our version of lunch/supper). It was a simple and sweet Sunday morning staple for us.
Our family norms, though often simple, create shared experiences and an identity that binds us together.
“See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!” (verse 1)
We are part of God’s family. We’re children of the God Most High, and as children, we’re invited to adopt the norms of this family – love, patience, kindness, compassion, graciousness. We’re beckoned to turn away from a life of sin.
“Those who have been born into God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, because God’s life is in them.” (verse 9)
As Christ followers, our family norms involve turning away from sin, allowing God’s light and love to guide us forward rather than our own human desires. We live humbly and righteously, propelled by a desire to honor our Father.
When we live as our Father intended, it’s clear whose family we’re a part of. We don’t need to wear a jersey with our name printed across the back for people to know which family we belong to. Our daily submission, our deep trust, and our compassionate love for others make it clear – we’re part of God’s family.
When others look at you, is it clear you’re part of God’s family? Do they sense your commitment to doing what’s right, your relentless pursuit of God, your unending devotion to love others? Is there any part of your life that would cause them to question your true identity and family ties?
Today, live like you belong. God has already issued you an invitation to do life as his child, the one he created and cares for deeply. So honor him by pursuing what’s right, turning away from sin, and embracing righteousness. Don’t let anything in your life separate you from your family.
You have a place in God’s family, and this family is forever.
Prayer: God, thank you for choosing me and inviting me to be part of your family. I pray you’ll reveal all sin to me in my life and help me chip away at it. Allow me to live like I belong. Amen.
- Is there any sin in your life holding you back from experiencing everything God has for you? Invite the Holy Spirit to reveal that sin and lean into removing it from your life.
- Think about your own family dynamics growing up. How has your relationship with your family affected or skewed your relationship with God?
- When others look at your life, is it clear who’s family you’re a part of?