John 1:12 (KJV) “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name”

Sam was worried that he started going to Church with Tom at the same time but God was now using Tom to perform astonishing miracles in their community. So he approached Tom in a rude and contemptuous manner and asked him “why is God so partial in the way he uses his Children. He uses one better than the other?” Tom laughed in his heart because he knew where Sam was driving at.

Sam had not truly accepted Jesus as his Lord but he wanted God to start using him. He was only attending Church services with Tom but had not been born of God. Tom told Sam that he needed to receive Christ in his heart as his Saviour and Lord. “You have to receive Christ in his life in order to be conferred with the “RIGHT” to become a Son of God.
To receive Christ is an initial act of faith that must first be established if one has a desire to know God personally. If you want to know God experientially, you must receive Christ in your heart first. This is the starting point in your spiritual journey. God does not reveal himself to a stranger. He reveals himself to a person who has acknowledged Him as Lord. God is a Spirit and if you want to relate with him, your spirit must be born again.

Note that John 1:12 depicts clearly how saving faith is both the act of a single instant and an ongoing attitude of a lifetime.

Tomorrow we shall see how Tom became useful and efficient in the hands of God. The journey of knowing God does not stop in confessing Christ alone, there is a process.

Go into today knowing that your knowledge of God starts with receiving Christ in your heart as Saviour and Lord.

—Kenechukwu Richard Ibekwe

Bible In One Year: Psalms 143-145 (In Devotional Audio)
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