“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.” John 1:12
In the Bible a great deal of importance is placed upon the word receive. This is because God’s way for man to enter into a relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ, is simply by receiving Him. It is in the act of receiving Him that one can immediately become a child of God.
You might ask, What does it mean to receive Him? At what point can I say I have received Him? According to John 1:12, it doesn’t say to join a church, it doesn’t say to merely believe in a doctrine, it doesn’t say to reform your life. It just says one thing – “As many as received Him.” It is in the act of receiving the Person of Christ that you are given the right to become a child of God.
Now let me ask you a personal question. Have you received Him? You can receive Him at any time in any place. You can receive Him while you are walking down the street or driving your car. You can receive Him by yourself or with another person. You can receive Him while you are reading these words right now. God’s way is clear – “As many as received Him!”
It’s as simple as someone offering a pen to you as a gift. They can say, “This is yours. It’s paid for. It’s a gift.” But for the pen to actually become yours, you have to receive and take it. Then it’s yours. In a similar way, Christ comes and offers Himself freely to us. He loves us, He died for us, and He’s alive in resurrection seeking to come into us. But, He’s like a gentleman. He waits for our act of receiving, and wherever He finds someone who does receive Him, to them He gives the right to become a child of God.
It is a tremendous thing for anyone to receive the Lord Jesus Christ. In doing so, you receive a wonderful, living Person. When you say, “Lord Jesus, I receive You,” at that moment He comes in and you become a child of God. Religious practices and form prayers do not make you a child of God. Even a sincere attempt to change yourself cannot make you a child of God. Neither do good works give you the right to become God’s child. Becoming a child of God consists in YOUR own act of receiving Him. By receiving Him now, Christ will instantaneously come into you. Receiving Him takes place as you open your heart and invite Him in. Just pray, “Lord Jesus, I receive You now. Come into me.” As you take this step, fill in your name with the following verse from God’s Word to assure you that your prayer has been heard and that you are indeed a child of God.
But as _________________(fill in your name) received Him, to _________________ He gave the right to become a child of God, even to __________________ who believes in His name. (John 1:12)
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