“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.” (John 1:12)
What does it mean to “receive Jesus”? The scripture makes an amazing promise here, that as many as “receive Him”, God would give the right to become His children. But what does it mean to “receive” him? Sadly, many have cheapned the word to mean something that the Lord never intended.
For many this expression “receive Jesus” has come to mean an almost trite acceptance: praying a prayer to “receive Him” into ones life – almost as if He were a piece of jewelry one was adding to their neck, but which has no significance impact on the way they their life is conducted on a daily basis.
But there is no indication that “receive Him” means any such thing in John. If we look at what has been written about Jesus in his book thus far, we see a number of things the scripture asserts about Him:
— that He is God (:1-2)
— that He created everything that was made (:3)
— that He is the “light” we all need (:4)
— that the world and everyone in it is “His own” (:11)
So if we RECEIVE HIM for Who this Book asserts that He is, it means that we “receive” Him as GOD; as Creator of yourself & your world; as light and guide for your life — as Lord & Master.
With that understanding of the word “receive”, have you really “received” Jesus? Have you done more than “pray a prayer for Him to come in”, but taken Him as the Lord & God of your life? Have you really “received” Him?