1/13/2011 3:04 PM
The birth of a child is a miracle! I have 3 girls, Julia, Lydia and Gloria. Because of some complications during labor with Julia the doctors decided to do a cesarean. Lydia and Gloria were born naturally (God knew ahead of time that our doctor would be the only OB in our area who would deliver naturally after a cesarean—He is good!). Anyone who has been a part of child birth cannot help but know it is a miracle. God knew what He was doing.
After each of the girls were born we looked at them carefully to see their physical traits. We wanted to see who had Kasey’s dimples, or who had my eyelashes, or any number of other genetic traits that were passed down from us. Most have said that they favor me which is humbling and exciting. (There isn’t a dad/husband who will cheer over that fact outwardly, but inside they are smiling big.) We are happy that the Lord is blessing us with another child that is due in July.
In 1 John 5:1 we see that the new birth is similar to the “old” one. (Hence the reason Jesus makes that point to Nicodemus in John 3.) See in 1 John 5:1 it says that “Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God.” The last part of the verse literally means, out of God has been born. That means that a true child of God is actually born out of God spiritually. He will have traits similar to his Father. He will seek after righteousness, he will love others sacrificially, he will be gracious, merciful, and he will be just. Many today will say that they are “saved.” But if you examine their lives you will find that they are not a true child of God. They don’t have any of His traits. They are not from Him or out of Him. Jesus said in Matthew 7:33, “And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Many will say that they “know” God and are His children. But those who are will bear similar traits to Him. Do you bear the traits of your Father? Is your father the Savior of the world or the deceiver of the world? You can be a true child of God today. I would invite you to go to the “About us” tab on the home page, under “Statement of faith” to the “What if” link. There you can see how to become a true child of God.