Tuesday: Psalm 22-23; Numbers 5.5-10; 1 John 3.1-3

From: Brittany Yeager

“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.” 1 John 3:1a, 2-3

From the very beginning of God’s redemptive story, we see the power that exists in the words of God. He simply spoke and every created thing came into existence. We see throughout the gospels the power contained within Jesus’ life-giving words, “Your sins are forgiven.” And here in 1 John, we see the power of his words yet again. In the father’s love, we are called children of God and so we are.

This identity of children is not a useless one. It is an identity rich with hope and meaning. Our father, our Good Shepherd, leads us perfectly. He knows our needs and guides us to places that will bear fruit; sometimes those places are still waters, but sometimes those places are dry and barren. And yet, he guides us there with this hope and purpose in mind: we are his beloved children and he desires us to be like him. Wherever the Lord is guiding you this day, I pray that we can together set our hope in him in order that we might be purified as our father, who loves us, is pure.

I am wife to Jon, mother to Ellie, daughter, sister, and friend. I enjoy heart-to-hearts over coffee, asking thoughtful questions, sharing a yummy meal, and singing good music.