Once as our class transitioned up and away from its pleasant, pre-lesson chatter one of the group requested prayer. Some years back one of their employees displayed a particular disinterest in things spiritual. At this point, that business is long closed and everyone has moved on. That spiritually inattentive person, however, has discovered how the deck of life is stacked up against them: advanced, metastatic cancer. With that as the given background next came the prayer request: “I want to go meet with them this week. Can you pray that now they may be open to the gospel?”
This motivation is like John’s. Our class member has been telling people of Jesus all along the ways of life. Not all respond to the tellings. Many don’t join a body of believers as this experience relays. Truth is known, and people have all responded to it in different ways. John’s letter is really to those who have joined a Christian grouping, even though some were spurious members. Jump on over to the verses preceding this lesson beginning with 1 John 2:28 and read up through 1 John 3:6. Here is a link to that passage as well as the verses of this lesson.
“You are in a great family,” he wrote to them. The father of this family is God himself, and God lavished love there. These people have found themselves part of something bigger. The blessings of being in the family are just the beginning. When God appears rewards will further bloom with evidence beyond magnificent. [Read more…]