In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.-1 John 3:10
A few days ago, the The Lord asked me a question. He asked, “Do people know who your father is?”. I heard it so clearly. As I pondered on the question for a few minutes, I understood what He was guiding my mind to.
Have you ever known a couple that has raised children together, yet one of the children appears wayward? You probably thought to yourself, “There’s no way that these kids could have been raised by the same parents!” It’s that way spiritually as well. There are those who claim to be God’s children, but live their lives in such a way that makes you begin to wonder who truly raised them. It’s not hard to tell who has raised a child; listen to how they speak, watch what they do, and find out what their values are.
As children of God, it’s important that we represent our heavenly father properly because Jesus declared us to be the light of the world (Matthew 5:14). When you go out from day to day, is your life a reflection of who your heavenly father is? The opening scripture lets us know that there are two types of fathers. There are the children of God and the children of the devil. One day, Jesus addressed the scribes and the Pharisees, the religious leaders of that time. He said, “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do…” (John 8:44). The scribes and the Pharisees were quick to condemn and accuse (John 8:3-9) and we see that same attribute being ascribed to the devil (Revelation 12:10).
Jesus communicated such an intimate relationship with God while on earth and easily recognized those that belonged to His spiritual family. Speaking to the scribes and Pharisees, He said, “…If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came out from God…” (John 8:42). This let’s us know that walking in love is a key indicator of God’s Fatherhood.
Another indicator of God’s Fatherhood in one’s life is walking in righteousness. Righteousness is the nature of God; it also refers to the rightness of God. Now you may ask, how can I know if I’m walking in righteousness or not? The scriptures show us very clearly. In Ephesians 5:1, Paul tells us “Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children”. For example, God has forgiven us of our sins so it’s no surprise that we are told to do be the same way towards others (Ephesians 4:32). The Bible also shows us that God gives His best (John 3:16, Colossians 1:12) and if God is truly our father, then we will do the same towards Him (Proverbs 3:9-10, Hebrews 13:15).
There’s an old saying people use when describing a child’s resemblance (in the physical or in character) to their parents. They say “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”. Can people say that about you and more importantly, can God say that about you?
Search your heart daily and never forget who you are and whose you are.