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Week 1 Day 5: Children of God

“…to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.”
John 1:12,13

Children of God
Our identity, our sense of value, our self-worth doesn’t depend on our appearance, on our achievements, on our reputation, on our success, on our wealth, on our possessions, or any external factors. Instead, it’s rooted and deeply grounded within us: We know that we are loved by God and that there is nothing in the world that can separate us from the love of God.

– Br. David Vryhof


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Transcript: Our theme this week is “God is Love,” and we’re asking in our prayer that God will reveal to us, deepen within us, the knowledge that we are deeply, profoundly, irrevocably and unconditionally loved by God. Today we focus on a couple of verses from the first chapter of John, where John writes, “To all who received him, who believe in his name, he gave power to become children of God who were born not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.” John is pointing us toward our true identity as children of God. He says when we open ourselves to receive the love of God as it’s brought to us in the person and work of Jesus, we become transformed and we begin to realize that our primary identity is this beloved child of God.

There are many things in the world that we use to talk about our identity or indicate our identity. We might talk about our vocation, our work, our relationships – all of them feed into who we are as people. John is suggesting that the most important thing about us is that we know that we are beloved children of God, because when we have this at the center of our identity, we can live in what Saint Paul calls “the glorious freedom of the children of God.” Our identity, our sense of value, our self-worth doesn’t depend on our appearance, on our achievements, on our reputation, on our success, on our wealth, on our possessions, or any external factors. It doesn’t depend on those things. Instead, it’s rooted and deeply grounded within us. We know that we are loved by God and that there is nothing in the world that can separate us from the love of God.

So today might be an opportunity to reflect on your own sense of identity. From what and from whom do you derive your sense of worth, your sense of who you are? How might this be different if you embraced as the central characteristic of your identity the fact that you are a beloved child of God? I invite you to consider the kind of freedom that that brings.

We invite you to share your reflections as a comment or using #MeetingJesus on social media.

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