S (Scripture) – 1 John 3:1-3 “See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.” NASB
“What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it – we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are. But that’s also why the world doesn’t recognize us or take us seriously, because it has no idea who he is or what he’s up to. But friends, that’s exactly who we are: children of God. And that’s only the beginning. Who knows how we’ll end up! What we know is that when Christ is openly revealed, we’ll see him – and in seeing him, become like him. All of us who look forward to his Coming stay ready, with the glistening purity of Jesus’ life as a model for our own.” The Message
O (Observation) – What we believe about ourselves will determine what we think and do in our lives. The writer of Hebrews reminds us that now we are children of God. Despite what our lives used to be like apart from Him, we are now “a new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17). If we truly believe that we are God’s children, our actions should reflect it.
A (Application) – No one is perfect, but those who are in Christ understand that He is coming back for His bride (the body of Christ) one day – we should live our lives in anticipation, and pursue holiness in our thoughts, intentions, and actions. What are we watching, reading, sharing, laughing at, and spending our time doing? How are we treating, serving, and loving others?
P (Prayer) – Lord Jesus, help me to be pure. It’s so easy for me to slip back into the ways of the world and do what everyone else does, but You have called us to be holy, as You are holy (1 Peter 1:16). If something is holy, it is set apart. Help me to be set apart for You. Help me to live this life with the truth that I am Yours – Your child.