“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.
This verse worries me.
How? The part where the world doesn’t know us.
If I am truly a Godly person, will the world know it? Will they figure out that I am a child of His?
The group being described in this verse is those who are blatantly Godly. Those two words, “blatant” and “Godly” can go together. These folks are filled with the Holy Spirit and they are living it out without hesitation.
Sadly, the reason the world doesn’t know that I am a child of God is that I live it out cautiously. I may pass as a good person but so are millions of other folks. I am one of them and nothing more.
Someone was in my house today and spoke of having older parents and the nearness of the end in their lives. They were worried about the future. How wide did I need the door opened?? Did I offer them a hope for the after-life? Not this time. Did I think, at the time, that I should? For sure. But I hesitated because someone whispered in my head that I shouldn’t.
That Someone may have been the Holy Spirit, but I doubt it. I think it was Satan and he was able to keep me quiet. Therefore, the visitor never went away having heard about my after-life arrangement.
Jesus walked among many folks and many of them didn’t realize Who He was. At least He told them Who He was! They just didn’t believe Him.
I must rightly represent Him. I must be so immersed in Him that I overflow with Him wherever I’m at.
I am His child. I am in the Creator’s family. Why so quiet?
Conclusion: My world needs to see/hear Him in/from me. Nothing else will do.