Lifelines August 30, 2020

Christians are children of God.  It is a magnificent concept.  The unique Son came into the world to enable us to become part of the family.  His sacrifice to make that a possibility was extraordinary.  It brings the greatest possible blessings to enter into a parent-child relationship with the almighty, eternal Creator.  It is who we are and should shape every thought as we seek to look like we belong.

This is no retreat into the shadows but rather a call to action.  We have been placed on the front lines of the war with evil, and we must prepare our minds for such an assignment (1 Peter 1:13).  There is no ducking the issue and failure to recognize the ferocity of the battle is a grave danger.  Let us be warned, “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall (1 Corinthians 10:12).”  The conflict is often the most ferocious within our own thoughts. 

Hope is ever present on the horizon.  The Son embodied grace and truth (John 1:14) when He came to bring salvation, and that same grace awaits us at the end of the journey.  It is the source of our hope, and that is where we fix our attention.  The battle between good and evil rages within.  The world jars us.  Tempts us.  Occasionally it defeats us, but we gather ourselves and again set our eyes on the finish line where Jesus and His grace await us.  And we take one more step.

Once upon a time we didn’t know any better (1 Peter 1:14).  We behaved poorly because we lacked information about the higher calling.  We were content to live a second-class life and fit right in with the culture around us, slaves to our lowest emotional desires.  But not anymore.  We have been born again for greater things than that.  We have seen something nobler in our Lord.  Now, that is how we want to be.  That is who we are, no longer content to live a bargain-basement lifestyle but one that is befitting the children of highest royalty.  We have been adopted into the family of God.

The Lord calls us to a higher standard, “…like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, ‘YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY (1 Peter 1:15-16).’”  All of the mental preparation, focusing our hope on the grace of our Lord and putting our sinful past behind us has a purpose.  Our Father expects us to be like Him and His Son, to share the family likeness.  It is an exciting possibility and a challenging expectation.  God created us in His image in the beginning, so it is not a total absurdity.  Holy is the word.  Distinct.  Unlike the ways of the wayward.  Just like Him.  His word says so, and He ought to know.