1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 All things were created through him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5 That light shines in the darkness, and yet the darkness did not overcome it. 6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify about the light, so that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, but he came to testify about the light. 9 The true light that gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was created through him, and yet the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, he gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in his name, 13 who were born, not of natural descent, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God. 14 The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We observed his glory, the glory as the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. — John 1:1-14
Jesus’ Mission, Our Mission
by Melodie Tunney
I would assume if you are reading this devotion, you probably identify yourself as a Christ-follower. If that is the case, then verses 12 and 13 of John 1 apply to you, as they do to me. “But to all who did receive him, he gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in his name, who were born, not of natural descent, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God.” By receiving Jesus, we were adopted into His family. We are His sons and daughters.
My dad was a songwriter and a minister of music in churches as I grew up. I admired, respected, and ultimately imitated him in many ways. There are times when I realize that without actually trying to do so, I have copied his leadership styles and musical paths.
Through our relationship with God, our heavenly Father, He calls us to emulate Him as well – “Be imitators of God, as dearly loved children” (Ephesians 5:1). And Jesus said, “For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done for you” (John 13:15).
Back to our text, John 1:1-14 - what does this mean for us? Let’s see three ways that Jesus’ mission on the earth is also our mission.
First, one purpose of Jesus’ coming to earth was to bring light into darkness (John 1:4, 5, 9), and we are called to do the same. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12), and He also told us, “You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14).
Second, as mentioned earlier, all who receive Jesus become children of God. Paul explained this further in Romans 8:16-17: “The Spirit himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children, and if children, also heirs—heirs of God and coheirs with Christ.” As God’s children, we follow in His footsteps to fulfill His purposes and mission.
Third, there is a little phrase at the end of John 1:13 that tells us we are not God’s children because of “the will of man, but of God.” He chose us, called us, and miraculously uses us to be His hands and feet in this world. Ephesians 2:10 tells us, “We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do.” While that is humbling indeed, it is also empowering.
Later in the same book of John, Jesus describes to His disciples (and He speaks to us as His children as well) the expectation and opportunity He is giving. “Truly I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do. And he will do even greater works than these, because I am going to the Father” (John 14:12). His mission is our mission.
- How do you see God using you to be His hands and feet in your family, workplace or community?
- Ponder and meditate on this scripture: “Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve others, as good stewards of the varied grace of God. If anyone speaks, let it be as one who speaks God’s words; if anyone serves, let it be from the strength God provides, so that God may be glorified through Jesus Christ in everything. To him be the glory and the power forever and ever” (1 Peter 4:10-11).
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