Illegitimate?

By Robert Schaetzle

“You are doing the works of your own father.” “We are not illegitimate children,” they protested. “The only Father we have is God himself.” (John 8:41-42 NIV

During my daily journaling, I highlighted the above passage because it spoke a truth to me, I hadn’t recognized in the past. Our Lord was speaking to religious leaders who had concerns over who He claimed to be.  They proudly claimed God as their Father, yet they couldn’t allow themselves to believe Jesus was the ‘Chosen One’— the One God sent to redeem the world from sin. (John 3:16-17 NIV).  They said they weren’t “illegitimate children” but they failed to accept faith in Jesus the legitimate Son of God.  Then it dawned on me — if we say we believe in God but fail to accept God’s Son Jesus Christ, we too have an ‘illegitimate’ faith, so to speak.  We too, are lost in a world of chaos and despair without a Savior.

My birth parents gave my sister and me much love and direction in our growing years. But even before we were born our Father in Heaven was directing our lives, “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—“(Ephesians 1:4-5 NIV).  This promise was given to all would-be believers before they were even born; their ‘new birth,’ in Christ ‘pre-conceived’ as solid and secure.  They need no longer wonder or wander in a lost world, attempting to find their way. Jesus is the Way.

Father, thank you for this new birth. I’m now a ‘new creature’ born from above, not as one who is illegitimate and lost, attempting to find life in a world of chaos and fear. I’m one whose name is written in your Lamb’s Book of Life, eternally to live in my promised home with multitudes of my adopted brothers and sisters through faith. AMEN   

Robert serves in a Sharing and Caring Ministry. Contact

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