by Neil Anderson
1 John 3:2, 3
Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we shall be. We know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
As children of the sinful first Adam, we were obstinate and ornery, helpless and hopeless, with nothing in ourselves to commend us to God. But God’s love overruled our unloveliness. Through Christ God provided a way for us into His family. As God’s adopted child, you have been given a new identity and a new name. You’re no longer a spiritual orphan; you’re a son or daughter of God. Romans 8:16, 17, tells us, “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ.”
If you’re beginning to think you are some one special as a Christian, you’re thinking right–you are special! Your specialness is not the result of anything you have done, of course. It’s all God’s doing. All you did was respond to God’s invitation to be His child. But as a child of God, in union with God by being in Christ, you have every right to enjoy your special relationship with your new Father.
How important is it to know who you are in Christ? There are countless numbers of Christians who struggle with day-to-day behavior because they labor under a false perception of who they are. They see themselves as sinners who hope to make it into heaven by God’s grace, but they can’t seem to live above their sinful tendencies. Why can’t they live the victorious Christian life? Because they have a misperception of who they are in Christ.
But look again at the hope-filled words of 1 John 3:2, 3. What is the believer’s hope? That he will someday be changed into Christ’s image? That’s part of it, but that’s only a future hope. What is your hope for today and tomorrow? That you’re a child of God now ! You must see yourself as a child of God in order to live like a child of God. The blessed hope for the believer is “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27).
Prayer: Thank You, Father, for the glorious hope of being Your child. I want to live in the security and blessing of that reality today.