Who You Are, Really

hands across the sand
Photo credit: Mel Green

1 John 3:1-3

Consider what love God has given us that we are children of God. We really are! The reason people don’t know it is that they don’t have any idea what God is like. Dearest friends, we are God’s children now. We don’t know what the future holds, but we do know that whatever happens, we are like God, and sooner or later we’ll all see it. Live completely in that hope. God does!

Today among many Christian traditions is All Saints. It’s the day when churches remember those who inspired them.

But it’s also a day to remember that now it’s our turn to be inspiring. We don’t have to be famous. We don’t even need to have official church status. All we need is to live into the gifts we’ve been given to change the world for the better. That, after all, is what Jesus did.

Jesus understood himself to be the child of God, and his acceptance of that as his self-understanding drove everything he did. Church theology has long affirmed that Jesus is uniquely the Son of God. But it simply doesn’t square with the New Testament. John says we are all children of God. Really. Now.

Believe it. Live it.