|“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.”
In order to get to know people, we often ask them about their heritage: their nationality, what their parents did for a living, where they grew up, where they’ve lived, and so forth. That kind of information helps us find ways of connecting to each other and share common experiences.
For the one who believes in eternal life through the power of the risen Lord Jesus Christ and has determined to become His disciple, He gives us a whole new way of looking at our heritage. While our earthly parentage still has great importance, and while where we’ve lived and the experiences we’ve gone through in this life have definitely shaped who we are, it is all the more important to understand that we have a spiritual heritage that trumps everything else.
The Apostle John explained it this way in John 1:12-13:
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.
We who believe in Jesus have been born of God. Wow! I don’t know how that reality strikes you, but it makes shivers of joy jump up and down my spine. For while I realize that in and of myself I am not worthy of the least of God’s favor, the fact that He chose me to belong to Himself before the foundation of the earth brings great comfort and overwhelming joy.
Let us determine to live this day in the security we have in knowing that we are born of God. We belong to Him. He has given us new birth through the sacrifice of His one and only Son, Jesus, on that cruel Roman cross. As a result, what a joy is ours!