"This is Me" Series                                               

This is Me, A Child of God
​​"This is Me" Series
 
I work in an architect's office for the time being.  I've learned a few things working here.  One of those things is the name Frank Lloyd Wright, a famous modern day architect.  He is famous for his unique structure shapes and ideas.  When my sister and her husband went look at a house they were interested in purchasing that was designed by an apprentice of Wright, I went too. 

The house had an interesting layout.  There was a built-in half-circle couch and the kitchen was a circle, which was pretty cool.  Then I noticed the outdated cabinets and ran some figures in my head of what it might cost to purchase custom made cabinets for a circle kitchen.  I left that room...  This house was not your normal four walls and a roof kind of concept.  It was very much a fingerprint of Frank Lloyd Wright. 

Hebrews 3:4, "For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything."  And John 1:3 says, "Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made."  The point is, that we would have to know who Frank Lloyd Wright is before we can know whether or not he designed a particular building.  Likewise, we have to know who God is before we can know He 'built' you and me.

Jesus the Messiah is God.  This is what John needs his readers to get; there is no way around it.  This is the purpose for writing the book of John, so people would get that Jesus is God, creator of everything (Psalm 24:1).

We, too, have to understand this.  Although, we know we cannot fully understand it (John 20:31) we have to grasp it as much as we can with the capacity we were given.  We could probably spend an eternity praying, thinking, talking, and writing about this one aspect of Jesus- and probably should!  But, today, I want to apply it to one thing.  You.

The beginning of the book of John is a solid persuasion to believe the Jesus is God.  Then, if we keep reading on to verse 12, we learn that if we receive Him, we are children of God.  He gave us our fingerprints! (John 1:12, "Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God…")  In order for you to know who you are, a child of God, you have to know who God is.

How do we get to a place that we can say we know who God is? The first place to start is with faith.  Do you believe God is who He says He is?  In order to move forward, you have to answer, "Yes," to this.  Romans 10:17, "So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ."  Simply, you must be reading the Bible, which is God's gift to you so that He might reveal Himself to you through it.  (I am under the belief that Bible reading and prayer should not be separated.) 

Last question.  Are you reading the Bible?  It is the best way to learn that you are a child of God once you've received Him.  To know who you are can only be understood by knowing who He is, your creator. The best way to know who He is, is through reading the Bible and talking to Him through prayer.

Dear God, thank you for your Word.  Thank you for your Son and for the Bible.  I recognize that you want to reveal yourself to me, please help me to understand who you are and who I am in you.  Thank you for giving me an identity that is good.  In your name I pray, amen. 
 
 
 By Andrea Simmons
9.30.16 

John 1:12
"Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God…"