DAILY BIBLE READING:

Judges 11:1–12:15 
John 1:1-28 
Psalm 101:1-8 
Proverbs 14:13-14

BIBLE VERSE(S) FOR TODAY:

John 1:12-13 “But to all who did receive him, he gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in his name, who were born, not of natural descent, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God.”

REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

If you watch television, you may periodically see advertisements for a service that allows you to explore your genealogy. In some of those commercials, an individual will speak of their amazement that an ancestor of theirs was a war hero or royalty. It’s almost as if the person talking got an added injection of self-worth because of their new-found knowledge of who they came from.

Well, Christian, let me ask you a question. Who is your Father? Of course, you have a biological dad and mom. But, when you were saved from the penalty of your sins by trusting in Jesus, you were born again. At that moment, you gained a new relationship with God where you are encouraged to call Him “Father” (see Matthew 6:9, Romans 8:15, & Galatians 4:6).

Our Verse for Today doesn’t simply say that when we believe and receive Jesus that we can start calling God our Father. It says that we have “the right” (lit. “authority”) to call Him that. It isn’t a trivial thing. It’s legally binding. If we are saved, the God of all Creation is legally our Father and we are His child.

Just reflect on that last sentence and the Verses for Today for awhile. If it doesn’t put a pep in your step, you haven’t properly understood it.