“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]
It is so easy to forget. I would have to think for at least 30 seconds to remember what I had for lunch yesterday, much less what has actually happened in my life. Something we are very quick to forget is who we are--the power of who God has called and made us to be. When Jesus died for you, he did it so that you could be a part of His family. That’s HUGE!
You are a child of God--that’s who you are!
What does it mean that you are welcomed into the family of God? First, it means you have a perfect father. A Father who knows you fully, understands exactly where you are, what you are feeling, and what you are thinking. You have a Father who loves you unconditionally and gives you good things in your life. You have a Father that can’t compare to your earthly father, no matter how good or bad.
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”
Because you are a child to that kind of Father, you have been given His power in your life!
One of the main ways you will see the power of God in your life is through him giving your courage. We live so much of our lives in fear, but we don’t actually have to do that. God has paid for us to live in freedom from fear. Maybe right now you have fear when it comes to finals. Maybe fear about what it looks like to go home for a month. Maybe you have fear when it comes to your future. Guess what? You don’t have to fear because of WHO YOU ARE. Because you are a child of God, you get to have peace and faith in the midst of circumstances that you would otherwise be filled with fear and anxiety. Don’t forget who you are. Don’t forget who God has made and called you to be. His son. His daughter. His child.
To end you can pray this:
Dad, help me to remember that I am your child. That you love me fully and unconditionally. Give me courage and peace where I need it in my life. I want to live in the reality that you are my Father. Amen.