You Walk in the Truth
When I saw verse 4, those spoke loud and clear to me because of what it says about how John felt about the believers to whom he was writing. He calls them "my children". He loved them. He wanted to be with them again in Heaven one day. He wanted the absolute best for them, just as parents do for their children. I don't know about any of the rest of you who are parents, but I know that what is best for my children isn't to "be happy" all the time, to have all the things I never had, etc. I want them to learn to make good decisions and choose right over wrong, which means they have to question and search and learn, not just take everything at face value. What is best for my children is to learn to overcome problems and circumstances because everybody has obstacles all the time, as will they. And the very best that I could wish for them is that they would learn to overcome those problems and circumstances and learn and question and search from a basis of knowing God and studying the Bible.
If my kids grow up to be doctors or lawyers and make big bucks, that's great. If they marry wonderful people and have beautiful children, that's great too. If they travel the world and see beautiful places and get to do all kinds of things that I haven't been able to, that's also great. But my greatest hope and prayer is that they will walk with God, even if it means having a minimum wage job, never marrying or having children, and never travelling further than you can drive in a day.
Above all else, we must seek out and know the truth. Otherwise we can't teach it to our children or share it with anyone else. As Tammy said yesterday -
We are to know the truth - study the Word!
We are to live in the truth - obey the Word!
The truth is precious.
The gospel is precious.
And let's teach this to our children (or our Sunday School class, or students, or daycare kids) because it is one of the most important things they will every learn in their entire lives.
Tomorrow's scripture focus: 3 John 1:9-14.