“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 1:12-13
Everyone in the world has two parents: a mother and a father. We all know that it takes a man and a woman to make a baby. You were born on this earth because of two people who came together and they created you. Now, some of you may have been raised by both your parents together in the same house. Some of you may have been raised by both parents who lived in separate homes. Some of you may have been raised by one of your parents because you lost a parent to death or divorce. Some of you may not know who your birth parents are because you were adopted. Some of you may have grown up in an orphanage or foster care and never really had parents who raised you. Everyone on earth has parents…you just may or may not know them.
Did you know that when you give your life to Jesus and accept Him as your Savior that you become the child of God? In the first chapter of the book of John we read that Jesus came into the world. He is the true light (John 1:9). He was with God in the beginning. But even though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize that He was the Messiah, the Son of God (John 1:10). They rejected Him.
But the good news is that when we receive and accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, God promises we will become His children! The Bible calls this being “born again” (John 3:3, 1 Peter 1:23). This term first pops up in John 3. Nicodemus was a Pharisee who came to Jesus at night to tell Him that He believed in Him. He came at night since he was a Pharisee and Pharisees did not believe Jesus was the Messiah. Nicodemus didn’t want anyone knowing he believed in Jesus. When Nicodemus told Jesus that he believed in Him, Jesus replies back with, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” (John 3:3). Then Nicodemus responds with a question because he is super confused. “How can someone be born when they are old? Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born again!” (John 3:4).
Now this is where you get a little embarrassed for Nicodemus and hide your head. What a silly question to be asking the Messiah! Of course a person cannot enter the womb a second time to be born! You crazy Nicodemus!
Jesus goes on to say that to be a child of God you will have been born of water and the Spirit (John 3:5). This is how we can enter the kingdom of God which is eternal life with God. We must be born again in order to become children of God.
Some of you may be saying, “That’s great,Vanessa, but how do I accept Jesus as my Savior? What do I need to do?”
Paul spells it out for us in Romans 10:9-10, “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”
That’s it, friends. We must openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe that God raised Him from the dead. When we do this then we know we are saved. We know that we are born again. We know that we are a child of God.
My hope is that everyone in this world will come to know Jesus as their Savior. I want to be able to call every person my brother or sister in Christ. I want everyone to come to know their true Father…the parent who will never leave them, never turn their backs on them, never stop loving them, and will always forgive them.
I am so grateful that I can say I am a child of God. Would you join me in helping others come to know that when they know Jesus as their Savior, they are children of God?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Jesus so that we could know Him and become Your children. Give us boldness and courage to share Your message with others so they can join Your family along with us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
- Is there someone you know that is not a part of the family of God yet? What can you do to reach out to them?
- Pray and ask God to open doors for you to share Jesus with others this week.