28th June 2012

It’s More Than Just A Dream

“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!”
1 John 3:1 (NIV)

Those who can remember the summer of ’69 will be aware of the Woodstock Festival.  This was a music festival, held in the Catskills near Woodstock, that billed itself as, “Three Days of Peace And Music”.  Rolling Stone called it one of the 50 moments that changed the history of rock and roll.  The event was portrayed in a documentary movie Woodstock, and Joni Mitchell wrote a song, also called Woodstock, which became a major hit.  A line from the title song reads, “I came upon a child of God walking down the road and I asked him where are you going?” The song goes on to say “I’m gonna get my soul free.  We are stardust.  We are golden.  And we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden…”  The aspirations of that, ‘love is the key,’ generation were not fulfilled as many would have liked.

On the other hand, 1 John 2:6 tells us, “Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.”  So through the enabling Spirit of God we ‘walk as Jesus did’.  We will reach our destiny, and this destiny is not ‘back to the garden’, but on to life eternal (John 3:15).

Father, please help us to follow the road which leads to us becoming loving children—true children of God.

Study by Ian Hardy

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