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December 12 | BELIEVE

 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— John 1:10-12

A key theme of John’s gospel is “believing.” Children of God are those who encounter Jesus and believe that He is the Messiah, God’s Son. John contrasts people who recognize, receive and believe Jesus, and those who don’t. Jesus came to His very own, the Jewish people, and they didn’t recognize nor receive Him.

The invitation is open to all. All who receive Him become children of God. Receiving Christ does not happen by just saying the sinners prayer. It’s believing in His name.

Can someone be saved, or become a child of God by simply believing that Jesus is God’s Son, the Messiah? Do they need to say “The Sinners Prayer” or do you think they can be saved, by an unseen, unsaid “believing in their heart?”

The Gospel of John seems to clearly indicate that a believing faith is unseen, even unsaid “in a prayer” like format. The believing life equals Jesus life which means a growing, transformed life.

Our salvation with God is not based on our behavior, morals or performance. Do you ever feel like God loves you better based on your performance or how good a Christian you are? Examine why you feel this way.