Children of God



Children of God. What gives us the right to be called God's children? Is there something we do to earn such a noble distinction?


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6 There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. 9 The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.

10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God.

John 1:6-13, NIV



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The Right to Become God's children! Just ponder that thought for a moment.



What gives us the right to be called God's children? Is there something we do to earn such a noble distinction?



He [Christ] came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Jesus was of Jewish descent; when He came to this earth as the God-Man, He came first to the Jews. His whole earthly ministry was spent among His people; although some became His followers, most of the Jewish nation rejected Him. Verse 10 tells us, He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. How tragic? Can you imagine going home and having no one recognize you?


Was Christ so offended by this reception that he gave up on everyone? No! For you see, not everyone rejected Him.



Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God. True faith in Christ brings us to Him as adopted children; our adoption is a spiritual adoption. We are not God's children because of our natural heritage, but we are given the right to His children through faith in Christ.


So, what right do we have to call God our Father? None! Yet the Lord Jesus Christ came to this earth to save a people for Himself. None would deserve that salvation--it was given to them by God. God adopted us to become His children forever!



How awesome is that! As adopted children we have access to all of the love, power, and mercy of God. He save us, He keeps us, and He brings us safely into Heaven to live with Him forever. Our lives on this earth should be totally focused on our spiritual adoption. God's imprint should be upon everything we do; His priorities should become our priorities.



Pray today, that no matter what your circumstances, no matter where you are, God's imprint upon you will be visible in all you do. May you, by the grace of become His dear adopted child!




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