by Robert Walker

Four Things about God's Children
Robert Walker
I John 3:1

Ferdinand Magellan took 35 compasses with him when he started on his voyage around the world. A ship without a compass is doomed. Well friend I believe the Bible teaches us that so is a life without hope.

The story is told of a businessman who, having an errand to run at his office, took his young son along with him. He asked the boy to wait on the steps while he went inside to do his work. Soon he became so engrossed with his business that he forgot about his son waiting outside.

Leaving the building by a different door, he went home alone. Several hours later the family sat down to dinner, but the son was not present. His mother became anxious and wondered where he might be.

Then the father remembered where he left his son. Hurrying back to his place of work, he found his son, tired and hungry, waiting as he had been instructed to do. "I knew that you would come, father," he said, "you said you would."

Sometimes when we are discouraged, we can feel like giving up and walking away from the Lord. John tells us four things about God's children that will you to cast off your fears and troubles and to rejoice.

John tells us that, "we shall see Him." On that blessed day we will look upon the face of the One Who saved us by His grace.

As Carrie Breck said in her great hymn:

Face to face I shall behold Him,
Far beyond the starry sky;
Face to face in all His glory,
I shall see Him by and by!

John tells us four things about God's children. First of all-


1 John 3:1

Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.

The apostle John writes and suddenly is overwhelmed by the love of God. Even in his old age he was still amazed by the fact that he was able to call himself a son of God.

Do you catch the note of wonder in John's ...

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