Remember back in January when I announced I would be doing a mini art + blog series? If you don’t, that’s ok and further proof of my falling short. Oops! I was (and still am) so excited to do this series but January threw some major curveballs for us with illness, crazy scheduling and more. From what I’ve heard from you all, your Januarys were fairly similar. February brought some of the same as well as a few hospital visits but it seems like we may finally be on the mend.
Needless to say, this blog post kept getting pushed. I’ll be honest, I could have thrown something together and gotten it up on time but I figured that would be more of a disservice than a service. I wanted to make sure my heart had proper time to meditate on this topic + verse. I wanted to make sure I gave the Spirit the right attention to share what words I should write. So, here we are today (after having a few technical difficulties and this post having been deleted and restarted a few times already) and I am so excited to get into it!
Let’s do this! Open up your bible to John 1 and you’ll find these words in verse 12:
The full verse 12 reads: “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” That verse standing alone could be confusing, is the “him” God? What does it mean to “receive.” So let‘s take a look at the verses that precede it.
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life,[a] and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own,[b] and his own people[c] did not receive him. We read about John, a man sent from God, to share about the true light to come (v.8). But John then shares that even though the true light gives light to everyone, and that even though he was in the world, and that the world was made through him, the world still did not know him (v. 10). So, we read that when this true light would arrive, everyone would not accept, or receive, him.
12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
But there are those that received him! And by believing in him, they became children of God. A relationship not made by blood, DNA or anything relating to genetics but just of God. We know the true light that John is writing about here is Jesus. Those that believe in Jesus’ name and receive him in their hearts become heirs to God’s throne.
What’s truly incredible about this relationship as children of the Father is that we have a parent that is omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent- he is PERFECT and will not fail us. Some of us may have wounded relationships with our fathers where there is a lot of hurt and distrust. Some of us may not have experienced a paternal relationship at all. Even those of us that have incredible fathers, still know that they are imperfect and make mistakes and fall short in sin.
Wrapping our minds around having a father that is completely in love with us and complete for us can be difficult. But I find so much peace in knowing that the God that created the heavens and the earth wanted to bring us into creation not to add to His creation but to complete it, to make it whole. And while we fell short as His children and sinned, He demonstrated His unconditional love by sending the true light, Jesus, to be sacrificed. And by believing in Jesus as that living sacrifice, we get the title as children of God which also gets us entry into eternity with Him!
I would love for you to continue reading through the rest of this section of scripture, after reading through this multiple times over the last weeks, different words and phrases jumped out each time and I truly enjoyed meditating on those each time. But to wrap up for today... By receiving Jesus, we receive even more “I am” statements, which may or may not be why I began with this one. I’m so excited to keep digging into them with you! These “I Ams” are Truths that we can hold onto in our hearts when we struggle with our identity.
Sisters (ok maybe some brothers have made it this far too), I pray that you are encouraged as a child of God after reading this. I pray that you find peace in knowing that you are being kept by the Father, cradled and watched over in His hands. And if you haven’t received Jesus into your heart yet, I pray that you keep digging and praying for the Spirit to fight the dark space in your heart and fill it with the true light.