"See how very much our Father loves us, for He calls us His children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don't recognize that we are God's children because they don't know Him. Dear friends, we are already God's children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like Him, for we will see Him as He really is. And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as He is pure."
1 John 3:1-3
All of us know that God is our Father and Jesus is our big brother. We know that they love us unconditionally, without fail. We know that we are supposed to do right, because we are Christians. As Christians, even young Christians, we are supposed to be good and proper. Upright. Honest. Faithful. But why? Is it simply because we are trying to please God? Or is there something more to it?
When we receive salvation, it is not merely about believing in Jesus. Even Satan and his forces of darkness do that. No, our duty is greater than that. We are to accept Jesus into our heart as Lord and Savior. But it doesn't end with the acceptance. Then, we need to live it.
The first part was on Jesus. As our Savior, He has redeemed us. Ransomed us back from the devil. This part is easy for us. We barely had to do anything. We believe, we pray, we claim this as our own. We are saved!
Then comes the hard part... Do we follow His commandments? Do we ask Him what He wants us to do today? Do we follow the example that He set for us when He walked this earth? Every time? We NEED to be walking that path, even when its difficult (especially when its difficult).
"You are the light of the world - like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father." Matthew 5:14
"Dear children, don't let anyone deceive you about this: When people do what is right, it shows that they are righteous, even as Christ is righteous." 1 John 3:7
We are to be the light in the darkness, showing people the difference between Christianity and the world. Are we the living witnesses that we ought to be? We can serve our Lord everyday, no matter where we are, or who is with us. It is a quite a challenge, but it is who we are called to be. Don't let anything stop you from fulfilling that promise.
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