1 John 3:9-10
9 No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God. 10 This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.
When the early disciples began to follow Jesus they understood what becoming a disciple really meant.
It wasn’t an intellectual exercise involving a few hours in a classroom. They understood that this following would mean extended time in the rabbi’s presence. Extended time learning as he taught, learning from his lifestyle, being quizzed about their surroundings, and becoming totally immersed in the rabbi’s lifestyle and thought.
They learned to be like the rabbi. Their thinking was changed. Their behavior was changed. How they interacted with their friends and neighbors was completely changed.
John went so far as to say that spiritually speaking — we become genetically linked to our father when we are “born again”.
Recently my son and I were walking through the big box store in which I work. He was carrying his one year old son. Several of my co-workers commented that it was no question about our being related. Not long ago I ran into an old family friend who noted that “you look just like you father”.
It’s natural — it is almost unavoidable. Genetics rarely lie. Family traits tend to follow down through the generations.
What godly traits are noticeable in your life? When you tell folks that you are a disciple is it met with “I can see that”, or with “gee — I’d have never guessed”?