“Yet to all who did receive 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.” (John 1:12-13NIV)
This is one of the most beautiful and comforting passages in the New Testament. It is here that we are told of being born as children of God. We all have biological mothers and fathers and, generally, we are very grateful for then and love them dearly. They teach us the ways of mankind: to speak, to walk, to be polite, and to play. They teach us early on about love and we know all too well the warmth and security of our parents’ arms. As we grow, our worldly parents teach us more and more of the world, of work, of ethics, of goodness, and of myriad subjects that we are open to and herein their own interests and talents lie.
We are very fortunate to have our parents, and many of us are blessed with incredibly loving and caring parents. They are often the first to teach us about God and Jesus, and to pray, “Now I lay me down to sleep,” before going to bed each night and to say grace before eating meals.
Yes, our human families are wonderful indeed and they are, as the scripture says, the decision of a husband’s will, usually in concert with that of a wife. When a couple decides to have a child, whatever the circumstances, they instinctively know how to conceive one. And that is just what we are – the products of human biological conception. This is not a bad thing and, for most of us, is a very good thing.
But there is still something missing. Our human parents nourish out bodies and help us grow taller, heavier and stronger. But with God as our spiritual Father, we will also have a heavenly family and will be nourished spiritually so that we may grow in grace and love as Jesus did. This is a right that we, as children of God have. It is a right that each of us must choose to exercise in order for it to be of any good to us. If we choose to become children of God as well as children of our parents, we will be able to mature physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. We will, by the grace of God, become complete people.
As complete people, we can learn and attempt to follow the teachings of Jesus and to walk where Jesus walked, believe as Jesus believed, work as Jesus worked, and love as Jesus loved. We can trust God with every moment of our lives, with every difficult decision, and with our very lives themselves. Because we will know, deep within our hearts, that we are children of the Father Almighty.
When we err and stray, our physical parents will caution us, set us straight, and sometimes punish us. So will God. God will always put us back on the right path for our personal journey and will set our wrongs right once more. May we never lose sight of the glory that is ours when we truly become children of God. May we claim the right that is ours to be children of both out father and The Father Almighty. May we seek to live as Jesus lived and, like Jesus, trust God to lead us in every moment of our lives. Amen.
You might also like to read:
- Bible Verse of the Day
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- The Disciple by Ronald Way
- Growing in Christ
- Bible Study Tools Online
- The Jesus Walk Bible Study Series
- Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament
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