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December 14

1 John 2:28-29; 1 John 3:1-3

28 So now, little children, remain in him so that when he appears we may have confidence and not be ashamed before him at his coming. 29 If you know that he is righteous, you know this as well: Everyone who does what is right has been born of him. — 1 John 2:28-29

1 See what great love the Father has given us that we should be called God’s children—​and we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it didn’t know him. 2 Dear friends, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet been revealed. We know that when he appears, we will be like him because we will see him as he is. 3 And everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself just as he is pure. — 1 John 3:1-3

Jesus: The Answer to Our Busy Lives, We Can Know Confidence

by Jim Cumbee
Brentwood Campus

Come on, admit it. Christmas can bring out the child in you, right? Even as I now enjoy the Christmas season as a father and grandfather, I still vividly remember the Johnny Quest game under our tree when I was 12. I remember another Christmas morning when I got a sled and was able to use it that same day. And nothing will ever take away the memory of Mom baking candy cane cookies on Christmas Eve.

But the joy of those childhood memories pale in comparison to the joy of knowing we are children of God. To experience the full joy of that reality, we are reminded by the Apostle John to remain in Him. That word “remain” can be interpreted a number of ways. For me, remaining means reading my Bible daily, praying throughout the day for God’s wisdom in all I do, and staying ever grateful for the gift of being considered one of His children.

The Apostle John also tells us that as we “remain,” we have confidence. And boy howdy, confidence is something we all need these days! Everywhere you look it seems the world is falling apart. Moral decay, increasingly contentious political debate, families being divided, and pressures everywhere to conform to society’s expectations. The sad reality is, there are many things in life that can steal our confidence. But isn’t it amazing? It’s almost as though the Apostle John knew 2,000 years ago what we could be facing today, hence the reminder to “remain” in Him so that we can have confidence.

You know, another way I think about confidence is to consider it freedom. I know to Whom I belong. I know He is coming back for me. I also know nothing this world can throw at me can take those certainties away. That is the essence of freedom.

As we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus during this season of blessed hope, it is great to know we can rise above any stress and frustration the season might bring.

Praxis

  1. Do you let the busyness of the holiday season interrupt your time with God?
  2. Do you feel life’s uncertainties and challenges are sometimes bigger than you can handle?
  3. When you enjoy God’s presence in your daily life, do you find yourself less stressed or anxious about what’s going on in the world?
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