There is no greater honor, right, or gift, as the one bestowed upon an individual who steps across the line of faith into Christ the LORD.  John the apostle, under the direction and inspiration of the Holy Spirit of God said so.  Listen to it now…

John 1:12,13  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, who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

It is not stated as a future endowment.  It is not implied that having received this right, it could somehow be taken away in the future.  The “right” to become children of God, is reserved for, and bestowed upon, those who receive Jesus and believe in His name. In addition, this is an eternal right.  It is not eternal because of us, the believers.  It is eternal because of the ONE  bestowing the blessing, and conferring the right.  It is guaranteed in His power, not mine.

I am now… a child of God.

As such, with this great honor bestowed upon those Christ-followers, their behavior should match this position of honor, and privilege.  But does it?  I’m concerned at the number of people I know who live in fear, or in opposite contrast to what they claim as their badge of honor – a Christ follower – a Child of God.

In our world today, there is a shadowy veil of hate growing at an alarming rate, fueled by unseen forces, with the intent of annihilating the words “Christian” or “Christ-follower” from our vocabulary.  People of faith around our nation are just now beginning to recognize the first salvos breaking across the bows of churches everywhere.  Christian businesses have been under attack for awhile, but now the increased activity in the legal sector demonstrate this hate has just begun to stretch its talons of destruction.  What’s interesting, but sadder still, is that most Americans don’t realize this isn’t a new event.

The pursuit of the destruction of anything Godly, but especially the people of God, is as old as the garden of Eden.  The result of God’s children’s actions in that idyllic setting was fear, blame shifting, and rationalization of their behavior.  What are the three clearest signs, that nothing has changed since then?  Fear, blame shifting, and rationalization of behavior… is the ubiquitous nature of sin around the world right now.

So… what is “supposed” to be the defining evidence of the true Christ-follower?  I suggest that the “NATURE” of God is what is bestowed upon the true person of faith, and is evidenced when one becomes a CHILD of God.  That evidence is LOVE.

1 John 4:18  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.

1 John 4:16  And we have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

John 3:16  For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.

So what is bestowed upon every child of God?

The right to become God’s children, living in the love of God, sharing the love of God, and one day when we graduate to the next life, living in the presence of the love of God… eternally.

There is no greater honor, right, or gift.



Is it like stepping off the cliff?




I’m afraid of heights.  There I said it.  For those who don’t have such issues, I applaud you, although I think you’re nuts.  I would not easily be led to the edge of this precipice, not for money, fame, or power.  Thrill seekers aside, my gut tells me most people feel as I do.  Just look how close that guy is to plunging head long into the abyss.  It makes my insides quiver just looking at the picture.

I love mountains, and climbing through natural mountain trails, reaching the summit and admiring the view.  Just not from the precipice of destruction.  It’s not my game.

There are folks who read these articles who are perched like a climber, looking over into the vast empty space below them, challenged to see the spiritual metaphor in this image.  For them, taking the spiritual plunge of faith is nothing short of stepping off the cliff.  It’s scary.  No, it’s frightening, because they have no context for what comes next.  If you’ve never stepped off a cliff, you have no context of what occurs during the fall.  Seekers of truth are those folks who have come right to the jumping off part, but have not stepped over the line of faith into salvation found in Jesus Christ alone.

For those people of faith who trust in Jesus with their whole being, it’s hard to understand the timidity of a person just not stepping out.  We’ve lost sight of just how hard it is for folks to let go of thinking they have control over their own lives, even when they don’t.  I’m fairly convinced for most men or women today, following Christ is no different than taking the plunge off the precipice of sanity.

Here’s the thing, at times faith is exactly that.  Hence the phrase, “Leap of Faith.”  Again, there are other things in life just as frightening, yet we take the plunge anyway.  It’s hard to say the words, “I love you,” when you don’t know for certain the person to whom you are speaking will return the sentiment verbally.  Driven by passion, or a longing to be loved, we speak the words anyway, and take the leap of faith.  It’s hard to say the words, “this is over.”  Knowing that the change which will come as a result of saying it out loud, may cause pain or sorrow for many people, yet you must say it, and you take the plunge off the precipice.

Coming to Christ, yielding to the authority of His Lordship over your entire life, being born again by the Holy Spirit of God, is like no other encounter in the human experience.  When you meet Jesus, when you say “yes” to His call on your life, it is a step of faith into the unknown for you.  There is no way to see the changes which will occur.  There will be consequences and more hard choices as you attempt to align your life with the will of God.  Yet, for those who have come, who have made this commitment, there is no greater joy than falling head-long into the arms of Jesus – the Savior.

If you are weighed down by the burdens of this world, if you are seeking truth, if you know there is more to this life but haven’t found it, then take the step of faith that leads to peace and joy in Jesus Christ.  Is it like stepping off the cliff?  For some yes.  For others no.  What will it be for you?  I don’t know.  Come anyway.  Step over the line of faith into Jesus, today.


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