If you’ve seen the news recently, then you’ve probably heard about the 4-year-old girl who was kidnapped by Greek gypsies in Athens. Stories of kidnapped children are nothing new, especially in our day and age, but this story is rather unique. Typically, a family reports the kidnapping, and then the child is found. In this case, the child was found first, and now authorities are trying to find who she belongs to.
This story just got me thinking; how many people out there are just like her? They are wondering around, but nobody knows who they belong to. Sometimes I think christians fall into the same trap. They go to church every Sunday, and participate in services, but they’re not really sure that they are a child of God. If you asked them, “are you a child of God who will be saved when Jesus comes back?” they would say something like, “I thinks so,” or “I hope so.” They don’t have the confidence to say, “absolutely!”
In 1 John 2:5-6, John says,“but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.” John tells us that if we walk in the way that Jesus walked, that we can know that we are His, and that we are saved. You don’t have to live aimlessly, not knowing who you belong to; in Jesus we have confidence in our identity and salvation.