Our scripture this week is John 1:1-18.
He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God — children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
There is a lot of truth packed in a few verses here. We are told that “to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God”. What a wonderful blessing! Yes, He created us all but to those who believe He offers a special relationship, to be His children.
Jesus came to be with us that we might see what a life in God looks like. He also called us to the responsibility that goes with that connection, to share the love He gives us with all the world. We are each given special gifts to accomplish this.
I encourage you to try this as we begin a new year: think about one or two of the talents you have been given. Be open to what you are capable of, don’t let modesty prevent you from honestly assessing your gifts. Then ask a friend or relative or your pastor what gifts they see in you. Finally, ask yourself if you are using those gifts earnestly in His service. We have been blessed to be a blessing to each other, share the joy of what God has given you with others.
Gracious God, we are often afraid to share what You give us for fear of rejection or not having enough later on. Help us to see the abundance of Your blessings to us and the way to use them to share Your love with everyone. Amen.