To all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God. John 1:12
An outstanding statement in the Bible promises that we can be and are children of God. When we consider the statement from our side, it is easy enough to comprehend. We have or have had parents. We understand that relationship, and we have had the opportunity to share ourselves and our experiences with these dear relatives. They have always been willing to listen, to give advice, and even at times, to chastise and correct us when that was for our good.
But we certainly need to hang on to our hats when we begin to think about a Father-and-son or a Father-and-daughter relationship with God. Isn't He the Creator of all things? Doesn't He sustain and maintain everything with His almighty power so the stars do not clash with one another and the earth produces its fruit in due season? I can understand being His creature, but His child? His son? His daughter? Unbelievable!
But is it? Jesus affirmed this relationship in Matthew 6:6-9, and He should know! He brought about the Father-child relationship when He reconciled us to God by taking all our sins on Himself as we were baptized into His name.
PRAYER: Thank You, Lord, for making me Your child and for the inheritance that relationship guarantees to me; for Jesus' sake. Amen.
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