Our scripture this morning is John 1:10-13.

He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.

This passage starts with the sad truth that Jesus came for us but many didn’t see who He was and many rejected Him. When we were created, God gave us free will to make our own choices. This means we are not forced into a connection with Him, but invited.

Here we read that we must be reborn. In John 3:3 Jesus tells Nicodemus “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” God claims all of us as beloved children, but we must verify His claim by accepting the relationship He offers us.

Choosing to follow Jesus is a life changing decision. You can’t say yes to the Savior and go on living an unsaved existence. We are human, weak and prone to poor choices and we may fail again. However, Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would help strengthen us in faith, that we may see God’s plan for us and walk with Him.

Loving Lord, we are sorry for the times we have chosen our own way rather than what You intend for us. Bless us to go in Your name, sharing the Good News everywhere. Amen.

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