JOHN 1:6-13 (NIV – UK)
6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all 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 everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognise him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.12 Yet to all who did receive 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.
CHILDREN OF GOD
The world wants to offer us lots of different understandings of what ‘god’ might be. Most of them involve some sort of distant, impersonal being completely detached from his creation. Even many Christians feel that God isn’t really interested in their day-to-day life – after all, he’s probably got more important things to do, right? Wrong! The God who is revealed to us in the Bible is a God who is intimately involved with his creation – far from being distant and detached, he even gave his Son to be one of us.
The very fact that at the heart of our God exists this eternal relationship between God the Father and God the Son tells us something about our God – that he is loving and relational and delights in others. The Father delights in his Son, as we see at Jesus’ baptism where he declares over him: ‘You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased’ (Mark 1:11).
Jesus’ invitation to us is to be united to him so that we can share in his relationship with his Father. We don’t have a birth right as children of God, but Jesus does, and he wants to share that with us. If we ‘receive Jesus’ and ‘believe in his name’ we receive ‘the right to become children of God’ (v. 12).
Being a child of God means we share in all the inheritance and blessings the Father gives to his Son – this is a God who is intimately involved and concerned with his children – this is a God who wants a real, living relationship with you.
Question: Have you ever felt as if God isn’t interested in your life? How does it make you feel to know that, if you receive Jesus, you are given the right to become a child of God?