The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognise him.He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 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.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will…
1 John 3:1-2
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
If we believe in the name of Jesus then we are children of God!
This is not an obscure doctrine – this is the teaching of the New Testament. When Jesus taught his disciples to pray, he told them to call God ‘Father’. We have been adopted into God’s family. Because of the death and resurrection of Jesus, we have the right to speak to God as our Father. We are a new creation and we have a new identity.
Understanding that our primary identity is as children of God can help us in all the changes of life. We may or may not have a sense of identity as part of our natural family on earth. We may or may not have a sense of purpose from our paid employment or the roles we carry out in life, such as student, parent or grandparent. But whatever we do with our time and however this may change as we go through life, nothing can take away our identity as children of God.
Today let’s spend some time thanking God that we are his children. Are there any people you know who are struggling at the moment with changes in their job or changes to the roles they carry out in their family? Can you find an opportunity to encourage them with the truth that they are children of God?