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The Writings of John, the Elder

Telling God about our needs and thanking Him for all He has done in the past helps our faith to grow strong

We Shall Be Like Him – Part I

Today’s Scripture: 1 John 3:1-7

Key Verse: 1 John 3:2b

But we do know that we will be like Him…

First John chapter 3 starts with a thrilling statement for all believers: “See how very much our Father loves us, for He calls us His children, and that is what we are!”

I wish all believers could grasp this fact and rest in the knowledge of who they are. Once someone truly believes they are a child of God, they can view their problems and other issues in a far different way.

The Apostle Paul describes our privileges as God’s children beautifully: Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:4-7).

Most Christ-followers have read and heard many sermons on these verses. My question is, do we live it out in our lives?

For example, it tells us to “always be full of joy in the Lord”. Are you always full of joy in the Lord?

This does not say to always be joyful about how everything in your life is going. It says always be joyful in the Lord. “Joyful in the Lord” means that we know God is on our side, and that He will work out all our problems to our good and His glory! Can you always be glad about that?

The next verse, Philippians 4:8, is “Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything”. This is another reason that we can be full of joy because of being God’s children. Again, I want to ask, are you living out that verse?

When you face a problem, this verse is not telling you to ignore it or pretend that it does not exist because God will take care of it. No, as mature adults, we must do everything we know to do to deal with any problem that pops up in our lives; that is called being a responsible person.

However, once we have done all we know to do, then we must refuse to worry about it and trust that God will help us with the solution.

The Apostle John gives us the best remedy against worry: “instead pray about everything”. Telling God about our needs and thanking Him for all He has done in the past helps our faith to grow strong. The result of praying about the problems in our life is having peace that guards our hearts and minds until the solution presents itself.

Can you see how living this one passage of scripture is enough to praise God throughout eternity for making us His children? God indeed blesses the children of God!

Father, I praise you for making me your child. Help me to live my life as a child of yours, having peace that surpasses all understanding. In Jesus’s Name, amen.