I John 3:10 “This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.”
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. He’s a chip off the old block. Like father, like son. It’s a fact of life; we usually act like our parents. After all, they are the ones who had the most influence on us, for the longest amount of time. It’s true about our earthly parents, and it’s also true about our spiritual parent. We act and look like the one who has the most influence on us.
My husband and I have been in ministry for over seventeen years, and we have known many church members during that time. But being a church member does not make one a child of God. Attending Sunday School or a weekly Bible study does not make one a child of God. Only our faith in Jesus Christ makes us children of God, and that faith is made evident by our actions.
What do my actions tell others about me? Do I do what is right? Always? Or do I bend and sway with the popular opinion of the moment? Do I love other people, or do I just pretend to love them and then gossip about them when they aren’t around?
Just as a biological child will look like his parents, God’s children will look like Him as they live according to His standards. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want others to mistake me for being a “child of the devil.” I know who my Father is, and I want everyone else to know it, too. I want to look like my Daddy.
Dear Father, Thank You for adopting me as Your child. Please help me to live my life in such a way that when others look at me, they will see the family resemblance.