By Jane Fryar
To all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God (John 1:12 ESV).
Picture this: It’s time for supper. A warm summer evening. You’re preparing the evening meal for your family. The doorbell rings. It’s the 10-year-old and his little sister from down the block. “We’re here!” he announces.
“Here for what?” you ask.
“Here to eat!” he says, “And boy, are we hungry!”
Will you invite them in? Will you offer them a place at the family table? Maybe so, if you know the children . . . Maybe so, if you’re aware of a serious issue in their family . . . Maybe so, if this is the first time they’ve come . . .
But after three or seven or fourteen meals, you will probably decide the children’s behavior warrants a conversation with their parents. If it keeps happening, you may even find yourself obligated to call Family Services.
Under normal circumstances only our own children share family time and family meals. Only our daughters and sons have a claim on the family’s care, protection, resources, and love.
When the Lord whispers your name and calls you “my child,” the title conveys much more than warm affection. It does convey that, of course. But it also indicates specific rights, special privileges:
- A claim on the family name: “Christian”—one who “belong[s] to Christ” (1 Corinthians 3:21–23 NLT)
- The privilege of calling God your Father and of being led by the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14–15)
- The right to request and receive peace, help, guidance, assurance—everything the Bible promises to the children of God (2 Corinthians 1:20–22)
- The privilege of claiming Jesus as your Brother and relying on him to pardon, protect, and pray for you (Romans 8:34)
No matter how many birthdays we celebrate, as believers we remain children of God throughout our lifetime. Knowing this creates confidence and courage. It kindles bright hope, not only for this present life but also for the life to come.
Prayer starter: Heavenly Father, thank you for claiming me as your child and for all the blessings that belong to me as a result. Help me live in ways that bring honor to our family . . .
Editor’s note: Today’s devotion comes from one of CTA’s women’s ministry themes, Whispers of God’s Love. This theme offers dozens of gifts and resources for your women’s ministry program—and, even more, a downloadable retreat!
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