THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2020
BEGOTTEN BY GOD
January 4, 2020
Today’s reading: 1 John 3:7-10
What is the implication of being built on the Rock that is
Christ? It is this: since Christ is holy, then we too must
be holy. In fact, as Jesus himself says, we must be perfect
as the heavenly Father is perfect. Such is God’s will
for those who are His children. “Children, let no one
deceive you. The person who acts in righteousness is righteous,
just as he is righteous.” (v.7).
there are only two camps one can belong to in this world and
in the next, that of God or that of Satan. What distinguishes
the two? It is sin. “Whoever sins belongs to the devil”
(v.8a). But all of us sin. Yes, but that is not the natural
disposition of one who belongs to God. “No one who is
begotten by God commits sin” (v.9a). Indeed, how can
one in whom Jesus dwells and is a temple of the Holy Spirit
be with sin? “He cannot sin because he is begotten by
when we continue to sin, we are not fully and firmly founded
on the Rock that is Christ. We still have the world in us.
We still succumb to the influence and works of the evil one.
We still live by the flesh rather than the Spirit. How can
we transition to one who fully belongs to God?
we must be holy. We must always act in righteousness. “No
one who fails to act in righteousness belongs to God”
(v.10b). We must always be conscious of who we are and what
we have become, children of God renewed in His Spirit. We
must know that we are called to be another Christ. We must
be 24/7 for Jesus.
we must love those whom God has give us as our brethren in
Him. Belonging to God excludes “anyone who does not
love his brother.” (v.10c). It is easy enough to love
God because He is lovable, but to love one’s brother
is a challenge. But our brothers are also other Christs. We
all belong to the one body of Christ on earth. We would never
think of maligning or fighting with or insulting Jesus, but
we do so with our brethren. We must see Christ in them and
this way, the children of God and the children of the devil
are made plain” (v.10a). Who do you belong to? On what
is your house built? Whose child are you?