John 1:12-13 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.
I had the strangest reaction to a good friend after she told me of a breakthrough with God. She explained God had used me as a great part of it.
A feeling of grief pressed on me as I left the conversation. She went through something terrible. I don’t feel like I had any part of what God did.
Being down doesn’t feel good, so I wanted to test my thoughts by God’s truth. (2 Corinthians 10:5)
I asked the Lord with my heart. Was it pride? Did I want to be in the place of God healing her hurts? Was it the Holy Spirit in me saying that I had no part in this? (Acts 14:14-15) My pride wanted to tell me that it was the later. But I wasn’t sure.
It felt like I had no hand in this secret mind battle she went through. She hadn’t even shared with me the half of it. Now she was reading me her testimony, the first time to anyone. She hadn’t even shared it with her husband yet. I had no right to deserve such honor.
I guess I realized, I really had NOTHING to do with what God was pulling her through. And that made me feel like a terrible friend. To know she was suffering, and I personally hadn’t helped one bit. Somehow God had used me, in her eyes, without my knowing. I felt strangely duped.
Yep, it was a pride thing.
God faithfully enabled me to correct my faulty thinking, and praise Him along with my friend, for what He’d done. What JOY to praise God with a friend — perhaps worshipping with other believers gives us a glimpse of worship in heaven.
Today’s verse reminds us, our coming to Christ was NOT our own doing. Being born is not something you do actively, it’s something that happens to you. It’s really about God and His marvelous rescue plan.
I rest on God’s promises. I am His. I am treasured. (Psalm 25:1-3, 1 Corinthians 6:20, Galatians 3:13-14, Titus 2:14)
Even when I sin — He will never leave nor forsake us, we will not slip through His hand, and nothing can separate us from His love. (Hebrews 13:5, John 10:28-30, Romans 8:31-39) Of course we shouldn’t stay in sin. (Hebrews 10:26) God purchased us. With his flesh and blood no less. Royal, Sovereign, Sinless, God-in-Flesh, Blood of Christ. There’s freedom to know eternal life doesn’t hinge on our success or failure.
Fashioned from dirt, made in His image — We are worthy only by His placing worthiness onto us, as He showed us on the cross. Not of our own worthiness. By His righteousness we are saved. (Philippians 3:9)
And we get to be part of God’s family through Christ!
Lord, You are our Savior, Our Heavenly Father. For this we can take no credit. Yours is the glory. Enable us to continually turn to You, through every moment, Father. Through our communion with You, You give us clarity when we’re lost. You give us purpose when there’s no hope. You gave us life when we were dead. You are the object of all praise. ~Amen.