Oh, How God Loves His Children
We are Called to Be a Light to This World
by J.M. Troppello
Have you ever stopped to think about how much God loves you? He sent His Son, Jesus to this world to die for your sins on the cross – and then to rise again to life. That beautiful, selfless act of Jesus bridged the gap from sin between you and God. In this passage of scripture from I John 2:28-3:3, John shares his amazement in how great God’s love is for us!
28 And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming. 29 If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.
3 Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. 3 And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. (I John 2:28-3:3, NKJV)
John is urging believers to fully embrace how much God loves them and to abide in Christ so that they won’t be ashamed before Him at His coming. Christians will not be judged for their sins. That was taken care of at the cross. However, we will be judged during the Judgment Seat of Christ for how we lived our lives (see: Romans 14:10-12). Believers will be called to give an account of themselves to God.
What does it mean to abide in Christ?
To abide in Christ is to commit to having a lifestyle of obedience to God. Yes, you’ll falter. No one is perfect. However, as a Christian, you should discipline yourself to live each day for the Lord. Seek His guidance on how He wants you to live your life. Pray about those big and small decisions you need to make daily. Trust that God has things under control even when it seems like He doesn’t.
I grew up in a Christian family and attended church ever since I was a baby. I got saved when I was 14 years old. I’ve always known about this judgment of the believer as they give an account of how they lived their life. However, that reality never impacted my life as much as it’s been impacting me during these last few years.
I don’t want to be ashamed of my life when I get to that Judgment Seat of Christ. I want the Lord to say to me, “Well done, good and faithful servant” (see: Matt. 25:23). Abiding in Christ is a personal journey. However, you can do the following things to ensure that you are off to a good start.
Decide to walk by faith and not by sight
Commit to deep personal Bible study daily
Nurture a grateful heart by giving thanks
Praise and worship God each day
Cultivate a strong prayer life based on God’s Word
You can make a difference in this world, one step at a time. Abide in Christ. Ask the Holy Spirit for help to enable you to thrive as a believer, rather than simply just surviving through life.
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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