Rights

It seems that in America we always hear about our rights. We are to have these rights based upon the founding documents of our country. I am sure you are thankful for these rights as I am.

This morning, as I was reading John 1, I was reminded of a “right” for which I am very thankful. Notice what verses 12 and 13 say,

“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, the gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”

Through faith in Christ, we have been given the “right” to become a child of God. What an incredible statement. The word “right” means “a privilege reserved exclusively to a particular person or group” (Logos).

Being a child of God is an exclusive right for only those who have embraced Jesus as their Savior and God (Jn 20:30-31). Of all the “rights” I have, there can be none greater than this one. This right to be a child of God is eternal in its benefits. I am on equal standing with all of God’s children through faith in Jesus alone.

Father, thank you for this simple and yet profound reminder of this truth. May I walk with confidence in my position as your son, not because of anything I have done to warrant your favor, but because of what you have done for me through the death and resurrection of your Son. If I view my life based on this truth, it will impact how I choose to live.  I am God’s son through faith in Christ.  That sonship is something that I will never lose (Jn 10:28).

Following Jesus with you,

Jeff

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