Year of Calling: Child of God

Week Six Word: Child of God

Week Six Text: John 1:12

Written By: Rachel Hopper

 

“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:12-13 ESV)

 

You are the daughter of the Most High King, and it is time you start acting like it.

 

These are words I wrote to myself in fall 2015 after reflecting on all the world wanted of me, desired of me, expected of me. The weight of the world is heavy and tiring.

 

Has anyone completed a 600 pound lift? I’m amazed when I hear of the weight some people can lift. I stick to the treadmill and yoga mat when I am in the gym, but others thrive surrounded by dumbbells and barbells. They work hard each day to eventually participate in an amazing lift of weight. They put a strap around their waist to assist and support. They protect their hands with gloves, which help with grip as well. They work hard, and sometimes it’s for one lift to complete a personal record. They need just one lift of a huge weight for personal accomplishment, or to show the world what they can do.

 

We are not to carry that heaviness each day. Even a professional weight lifter wouldn’t want to carry that weight every day. Yet somehow we feel the pull to carry the weight of the world. On our shoulders. On our backs. In our heads. In our hearts.

 

I hit a point when I was done carrying it. All the expectation. All the desires of everyone else. I proclaimed John 1:12-13 over myself:

 

“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” By receiving God, we are provided a new birth. We are not born of the flesh or of the will of man. When we accept Him and respond in faith and obedience, we become sons and daughters of the Most High King.

 

Do you even comprehend the freedom this provides us? Freedom from worldly expectations. Freedom from past sin. Freedom to yearn for God’s presence (1 John 4:16), for His strength (Hebrews 12:1-3), for His peace (Isaiah 26:3-4).

 

God gives life and breath. Let’s remind ourselves of that weight lifter. She steps up; the weight is in front of her. She takes deep breaths—long and steady. She places her hands on the cold bar full of weights. Her grip tightens. She takes another long breath. On the exhale, she holds her breath and lifts. Struggling, she pushes the weight to her chest. Her breath quickens as she prepares to jerk the weight higher. With a final exhale, she lifts it over her head. Suddenly, all her energy is exhausted and the weight drops to the ground.

 

Friend, our weight is carried by God because you and I are daughters of the strong One. The One who steadies our breath. The One who will carry us. All because we receive Him. We walk in faith and abide. We are strong in Him. We are peaceful in Him. We are His child.

 

Sweet friend, you are a daughter of the Most High King, and it’s time you start acting like it.

 

Application Questions:

  1. List the ways you feel like the daughter of the Most High King. If you don’t feel that honor, write out a prayer to ask God to reveal this identity to you.
  2. How have you responded in faith and obedience to God?
  3. What are you carrying that is heavy with expectation? Make a list of these items, and ask God to remove the weight for you. Specifically tell Him how becoming His child provides freedom from heaviness.

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