GIVEN THE RIGHT
Read 1 Chronicles 1:1 through 2:55; John 1:1–18
Instead of talking with friends at the Rosemont Middle School, Chuck rushed home after the final dismissal bell. He flopped into his chair, tossed his homework aside for the moment, and reached for the devotional magazine in the top desk drawer. Flipping to the marked page from the previous day, he started reading. He had never experienced anything like this before—the words seemed alive, jumping off the page and piercing his heart. The tears flowed as he realized Jesus was knocking at the door to his life. As Chuck walked to school the next morning, he wondered if his schoolmates would notice that Jesus had entered his life.
To all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God (John 1:12).
When we believe that God’s Word is true, it opens our spiritual heart to receive Jesus. For those who believe in His name, God offers adoption into His eternal family. We now have the right to become God’s children, yet we do not earn this incredible privilege. Jesus has earned it for us. It is a gift, freely given to all who ask. How are you treating God’s incredible gift?
Challenge for Today: Find someone who needs God’s adoption service.
—Charles Earl Harrel (Chuck)
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