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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 God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.”

1 John 3:10

Both God and the Devil are prolific parents.  Love and actions reflect heritage.


In the first 3 verses of 1 John 3, John invites us to have an eternal perspective. He calls us to remember that we are members of a family that transcends the physical, temporary world. We are the physical children of someone, we are the eternal, permanent, children of God. We are children of God whether we “feel” it or not. Some people struggle to understand, ascertain, appreciate an eternal perspective because they do not know God. We should help others to know, not because we have all the answers, but because we are related to an awesome God that does.

One challenge of an eternal perspective is that we don’t see everything all at once. By design, we don’t get to see the entire picture, from start to finish, we aren’t given the memo on how God’s work now makes us more like Christ later. When Christ first appeared to his followers post resurrection, even his own disciples – those that walked with him – did not recognize him. Yet, God is working now so that when Christ returns, we will recognize him and – ‘we shall see him as he is.’ This is incredibly powerful and encouraging. Upon return, we shall know and see Jesus for all that he is, a gift that not even those humans who had the most intimate connection had. This meeting creates in us a hope so meaningful that we are spurred to action- action to continually purify our lives so that our lifestyles align with Christ, and we know him when he returns.

{Meditations on 1 John 3:1-3}

“Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears,[a] we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.”

1 John 3:2
Now, we are God’s children – our potential for later – not yet revealed. God works now so we may be Christ like both now and later. God works now so that when Christ returns, we recognize, know, and appreciate him.

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.”
1 John 3:1

We are currently and actively the recipients of a lavished love – both great and fatherly. We know and treat others as children lavished when we are knowing and focused on God. When we don’t know God, we don’t know his children.