Thursday, November 3, 2016

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Children Expectation of God

Gracious John
St. Andrews MTC, NY
You know that he was revealed to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. 6
Live free of sin! This is the mission that all Christians are charged with. It seems that today, more than ever, the avenues and opportunities to sin are so readily available, while the path of righteousness is nowhere to be found. Our theme brings back memories of parents counseling and instructing us to do good, avoid bad activities, stay clear of negative influence, value education, and direct us towards stability and success. While these statues have importance, we need to evaluate whether or not we are meeting God’s expectations.

This passage is not calling us to be perfect, but rather acknowledge that we are God’s children. A child never is without mischievous behavior, tantrums, and poor decisions just as we may also stray from God. However, we can see that the passage is making us question whether we are living in sin. The passage reminds us that no one continuing to live in sin has ever known or seen him (vs.6). Once we acknowledge that God is our father, we must be ready to acknowledge our shortcomings and rid them from our lives.

The first verse lays the foundation to a life as a child of God. Do you see the beauty? We are not required to “do” anything, other than accept the love that God has for us. I often imagine and wonder that if my earthly parents can love and forgive me so easily, how much more does my heavenly Father? You may feel as if you are unworthy of His love and that your life is hopeless, but this passage reminds us that (vs. 7) all who have this hope in Him purify themselves, just as He is pure. Put your hope in Him who loves you so much. Accept the Love that your Father so lavishly gives to you. Give in more and more to this love, and let Him remind you that you are His child and watch how  He will set you free from your sins.

PRAYER

Dear Lord, Help us to follow You and love You. We place our hope in You that we may be purified for Your will. We accept Your love and thank You for claiming us as Your children. Amen

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Children are a heritage from the Lordoffspring a reward from him. Psalm 127:3