Here it highlights our identity as believers, that we are children of God.
Then it tells us the significance of being children, we are loved (3:1) and we grow into the likeness of Christ (3:2).
In a class the teacher asks the students what do they want to be when they grow up. One by one, each raises hand in excitement to tell the teacher what they want to be. Artist, engineer, doctor, teacher and fireman make it into the list. All has raised their hand except for little Kelvin. Kelvin is a shy and quiet boy. The teacher asks him, "Do you need any help?" He shyly answers, "No, thank you.
I know what I want to be when I grow up.... I want just to be like my father." Silence. Then he goes on, "I want just to be like my father, strong, caring, always there for mommy and I. He does chores in the house to help mommy. He sings with me, plays with me, prays with me, hugs me when I cry ... He is my hero. When I grow up I just want be like him."
1 John 2:28-3:6 tells us if we are children of God, we are to be righteous, pure and walk not in the path of sin. Why? We are children who are just like the Father.
Dear Father, you are amazing. Make me just like you. Make me talk, see, hear, care and celebrate like you. Make me
pure outwardly and inwardly. Makexme live your word. Make me love and rejoice. Make me believe in others. Make me patient. Make me full of grace. All just like you. In your Son's Name. Amen.