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  • Renée Coventry

Reflections at Christmas 9

John 1:12-13, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

BUT! What a beautiful little word. Despite all of our ugliness and rebellion against Him, for those who step into the Light, we are not only accepted, not only forgiven, not only redeemed, He bestowed upon us power. It is a power not only to be possessed but exercised – the power to become children of God.

It is an identity given to those who will surrender themselves to His care as their Maker. We are not born into it, nor can we or any other will ourselves into it. Physical or mental prowess means nothing. It cannot be bought, and you can’t work enough to receive it. No, this identity is a gift granted to those who selflessly yield their lives to Christ, who by His Word, creates and sustains us, and by His Light, illuminates our hearts and souls, banishing the darkness.

It is a gift that invites us to begin to be. Not do, not act, not promote, but to simply be His and interact in all the possibilities of heaven. It is a restoration to our created purpose. This identity enables us to triumph over darkness, and allows us the privilege of calling the God of the Universe, “Father.” It is a gift of grace, not to be ignored, but embraced and cherished. We are wanderers no more. We are home, and we are welcome. He has planned for us with great delight! Why?

We are His children, and you are welcome to join the family!

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