“Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” John 1:12
A Danish saying goes like this: ‘No arms – no cake.’ This can often refer to insurance, for example. If you haven’t bought the insurance, you don’t get the goodies when something goes wrong. Or if you haven’t saved up for it your whole life, you don’t get much to live on in your retirement. This saying pretty much sums up the way of the world. No arms – no cake. Does it sum up the way of God, too? No, God’s standard is different from the standard of the world. The great become small and the small become great; the strong are weak and the weak are strong in God; the wise are foolish and the foolish are wise in God. The ways of God are also completely different from the ways of the world. The verse above teaches us that ALL who receive Jesus are given by Him the right to become children of God. It doesn’t say ‘To those who bought an insurance’ or ‘To those who lived a sin free life’ or anything like that. It says ‘to all who did receive Him.’ We are all invited to receive Him. The sacrifice of Jesus stands, He CAME to us! Or, to use the Danish saying: God has given us the arms to have the cake. But does having arms necessarily mean having cake? No, the arms just make it possible to have the cake. You still have to use the arms, to reach out and grab the cake. You still have to receive Jesus for Him to give you the right to become a child of God. God has sent Jesus to us as a sacrifice for our sins; let’s receive Him and become children of God. And let’s thank God that His ways are not like the ways of the world; otherwise we would never have been able to become His children.