Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
But to all who have received him – those who believe in his name – he has given the right to become God’s children – children not born by human parents’ or by human desire or a husband’s decision, but by God. John 1.12-13
I am born by God. That is such an awesome thing. To think that the Creator of the universe takes such an interest in me. I am so small and insignificant in the grand scheme of things, but God gave me the right to become His child. Let it be noted that it is not something that I automatically have the right to become. He gives me the right. I have to receive what He gives. I have to believe in Him. To receive what He gives I have to obey Him. Many people have the belief that God wants me to be happy. It is true that He wants me to be happy, but not at the cost of doing something that will cause me to turn from Him. He knows better than I what will make me happy! God adds me to His family when I receive Him. What a remarkable thing!