Walking Through 1 John: Day 5

The good news of Jesus Christ is good news for everyone.  It really is.  It is for all.  Everyone has a place.  Everyone has a calling.  Everyone has a worth.  1 John makes this very clear.  Listen to what we are told in 1 John 2: 12-17:

12 I am writing to you, little children,
because your sins are forgiven on account of his name.
13 I am writing to you, fathers,
because you know him who is from the beginning.
I am writing to you, young people,
because you have conquered the evil one.
14 I write to you, children,
because you know the Father.
I write to you, fathers,
because you know him who is from the beginning.
I write to you, young people,
because you are strong
and the word of God abides in you,
and you have overcome the evil one.
15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. The love of the Father is not in those who love the world; 16 for all that is in the world—the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, the pride in riches—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 And the world and its desire are passing away, but those who do the will of God live forever.

All have a place at the table.  Children.  Fathers.  Young people.  Everyone.  Through Jesus, all can be saved.  All can be forgiven.  All can conquer the evil one.  All have a place.

Young and old.  New and experience.  Saint and sinners.  Everyone.  Everyone is welcome.  Everyone is welcome.  Everyone is forgiven.  Everyone.

I love that notion. In a world that is divided and cold and hard, it is so good, so nice, so welcome to know that no matter who you are, you are part of God’s beloved.

Always know that.  No matter what.

But we see since we are included among God’s beloved, what that means for us.  Do not love the world.  Do not find your worth and your value from the things of the world.  Find them in God.  See, the things of the world, they are passing away.  But the things of God, they are everlasting.  They will not fade.  They will not wither.  They will not pass away.

Never find your worth in things that are passing.  Never find your worth in things that can be destroyed or taken.  Find your worth in the things of God.

You are His beloved child.  Never forget that.

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