John 1:12 — But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.
Not everyone is a child of God. He created us, and He loves us so much that He gave His only begotten Son to die for us. But not all of us are His children. Not everyone He created has the right to call Him Abba, Father.
That right belongs only to those who receive Him, who believe in His name.
Christianity has been accused of being exclusive, and it is. We claim that the only path to God, to heaven and eternal reward, is through His Son, Jesus Christ. This is not just a claim. It’s the truth: “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
No other name.
So unless the religion or beliefs that you cling to is centered around Jesus and the cross, you are not a child of God. You were created by Him. He is your God, regardless of whether you recognize Him as such, but you are not His child.
Only His children will escape His wrath which is to come; only His children will go to heaven. He created heaven, after all, so He gets to determine who will join Him there throughout eternity. If you do not believe in Jesus, these are not benefits you can claim. It’s just that simple.
But the invitation to this eclectic, exclusive bunch is always open. It’s why we who believe are required to witness: so that you won’t miss the invitation to join. This invitation is open to everyone, regardless of who you are, where you are, or what you’ve done. He has already done all the work. All you have to do is believe and follow Him.
So the only thing preventing you from being an exclusive child of God—a King’s kid—is yourself. The invitation is there. Accept it.
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him and he with Me” (Rev. 3:20).