Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. (John 1:12)

WE, AS CHILDREN, do not choose which family we are born or adopted into; God does. An adopted cousin of mine had made contact with her birth mother and was going to travel several hours to visit her. My cousin was very nervous about this first visit. She knew the love and security she had with my uncle and aunt in their home. She had their assurance and blessing to seek out her birth mother. She longed to make contact with her birth mom and have the opportunity to ask her some questions.

We are planted comfortably in our families of origin, but God gives us a yearning to reach out to Him, receive Him, and become a part of His family. We hesitate to do that because of our fear of the unknown. Becoming a member of God’s family is by grace alone; it is no achievement of our own. Ephesians 2:8 tells us, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”

Make the choice to join God’s family by accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior. The imparting of God’s gift of salvation depends on receiving it. No human effort can contribute to our salvation; it is the gift of God.

Accept God’s free gift of salvation.

Karen Doolaard lives in Michigan with her husband, John, where they attend Central Wesleyan Church. She is involved in the Prayer Shawl Ministry.

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