1 John 2:29- 3:3 click here for the readings
Sometimes it is more important to know who's we are than who we are. Identity issues rise up during times of transition and times of change, naming these milestones in life are helpful. Here John is attempting to help remind us of God's claim on the Christian life...."
for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!"
God's claim on our lives in Baptism reminds us that we are not our own entity. Given an identity from another claims us as that very one. In Baptism we all have been claimed by God, given an identity with a new middle name "Child of God." In this identity as child we are given a level playing field for, not only how the world views us, but how we viewed the world.
Instead of speaking words of vitriol and hatred or demonization of others in words that hurt like, homeless, addict, lazy, bum, jerk, bitch, whore, etc......we use the title God placed on others lives to see them as they are, children of God.
What would it look like if you began to see others like God sees them....As God's children? What if it were even your worst enemy?