Josh Apple's Youth and Children's Page: March

"Act Like You Got Parents"

Hey Everyone!

     When I was a teenager and I was going to go to do something with my friends, the last thing my Dad would always say to me as I walked out the door was, “Act like you got parents!” He said that every time! Not sure what he meant by that, I asked him. Dad went on to tell me that I was the son of Greg and Sharen Apple. There was nothing I could do to change that. No matter what I did, I would never be any more their son or any less their son. As I went out, I represented my parents, whether folks knew my parents or not. How I acted and how I treated others would be a reflection on them. By him telling me to “act like you got parents,” Dad was reminding me to live out my identity and make my parents proud.

     John 1:12 says, “Yet to all who receive him (Jesus), to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” By our faith in Jesus Christ, we are God’s children! This is our identity! It is who we are! We can’t do anything to make God love us more or less. By our faith we are children of God! Let that sink in for a minute.

     As God’s children, we represent Him wherever we go. Our actions are to point to our identity, not create our identity. We don’t go to church, read our Bibles, and pray in order to become children of God. We go to church, read our Bibles, and pray because we are children of God. Our identity should affect our actions. When people see us, they should see Jesus! What we say in our conversations should reflect Jesus. What we do when we are at home with our families or out in public amongst others should reflect Jesus. What we post on social media should reflect Jesus.

     We are God’s children! Let’s do our best to act like it!

 In Christ’s Love,

Josh