"Why can’t you understand what I am saying? It’s because you can’t even hear me! For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies. So when I tell the truth, you just naturally don’t believe me!" John 8:43-45 (NLT)
In this context, Jesus is talking to the religious leaders who allowed their hearts to be deceived and become hard. Instead of loving and serving God and His people, they chose to use their spiritual positions to serve their selfish desires. They allowed the enemy to steer their hearts from their real purpose. Our real purpose is to care for and encourage God’s people over themselves. In essence, they permitted themselves to become “children of your father the devil…” Those are strong words from Jesus.
Notice Satan is a father, and he desires offspring (children) - individuals to live just like him. He and his demons will deceive and lie to persuade people to follow their lead and live according to their way. An upside down and perverted way. A way disconnected from God’s original plan for humanity. A way of hatred, destruction, murder, abuse, self-promotion, and self-preservation.
Some of you may say, “I don’t even think about the devil, I don’t know him and don’t care to be like him.”
Remember, you don’t have to know your father to be like him, you just need his DNA.
Yes, we are made in the image of God, our true Father, but the fall has permitted sin and brokenness into our lives. We now have a natural bent that resists and rebels against God. We all have a choice to either serve God or ourselves and in serving ourselves we act just like the devil.
We weren't created to be the offspring of the enemy, but the offspring (children) of God. And our perfect and eternal Father provides a way for us to be adopted into His family. John 1:12 says, "But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God." When you do this, God gives you His DNA and makes you a brand new creation through His Holy Spirit - a child of God!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, forgive me when I have allowed myself to walk in a way that is not consistent with my actual identity, Your child. Help me to live in a way that will enable people to see Your DNA in me. Thank you for always promising to be a present parent who will never leave me alone, unprovided for, and unprotected.