Read: Start by reading John 1:12–13 out loud a few times.
“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” (John 1:12–13 NIV).
Meditate: Just as John the Baptist was born for a purpose, God also created each of us on purpose.
Yes! You, too, were born on purpose.
The Bible tells us, “My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them!” (Psalm 139:15–17 NIV).
Regardless of the family He put you in, you were born because God has a purpose for you.
- Thank God for His majesty; He is the Master Creator.
- Thank God for your place in His family as His child.
- Ask Him to speak His words of purpose to you as you continue to pray and meditate on John 1:12–13.
Many of us want to know our purpose immediately, yet much of life is about our daily journey. As we listen to His voice and do what He asks, we will grow and accomplish our purpose. Sometimes we won’t understand our purpose until we look back on our journey.
Let’s spend our day listening to Him and doing each small task He shows us.
Notice: Today, you have a new opportunity to be the person God made you to be. As His child, you have the special privilege to stay in a continuous dialog with God, your heavenly Father. Notice how much time you spend connected in prayer today. How much do you think of Him throughout the day?
Perhaps you might set some reminders throughout the day to pray as you are growing in this area of your spiritual life. This prayer connection should change the way we treat others as well. Today, let’s remind ourselves that we are children of God.
Do you believe that you are God’s child? If you do, you may imagine that you are wearing a royal crown causing you to hold your head high and look carefully at each person He brings to you today. Imagine speaking words of life to each person as a royal princess should.
Pray: Ask God to allow you to walk today as a child of God. Ask Him to fill you with words of encouragement for those who are closest to you— whether a roommate, a friend, a co-worker, a relative, a husband, or a child.