But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God
– John 1:12
Ask someone who they are, and they might say, “I’m a pilot” or “I am a reporter.” Others might want to be known by their hobbies: reader, gamer, writer, or kite-flyer. It’s tempting to base our life on what we do. We desire recognition. The truth is, we are not what we do, but who God says we are. We are His children.
The world overflows with people seeking attention. Think about TikTok. What’s its purpose? Surely singing, lip-synching, dancing, and talking are part of the app’s design. At its core, it is a way to get noticed. All social media apps feed off this fact. Not all attention is wrong. However, as children of God, we need to know our identity.
God’s children live differently. They may or may not have TikTok accounts. But they certainly use it wisely if they do. The things they say are good and true; the thoughts they think are joyful and pure; the songs they listen to are wholesome and positive.
Our identity is secure in God. Our joy is not based on others’ thoughts and opinions. Happiness comes from knowing our Heavenly Father. We read the Bible, and we pray. We pursue our passions, but they are not what define us. The fruits of the Spirit—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control—are what characterize us as children of God. Pursue these. Make them a part of who you are.
- Work together to create a comic strip that shows how a child of God acts when they have to do something that would make anyone else get upset (e.g. waiting in line, cleaning the house). You can draw the boxes or use an online application like this one: http://www.readwritethink.org/parent-afterschool-resources/games-tools/comic-creator-a-30237.html
- Research a career you find interesting and write a report on what is expected of individuals in that position.
It’s hard to not fall into the temptation of seeking attention in a world that wants it so bad. Please strengthen me to know who I am as your child. Help me to be known for loving You and others. Amen.