‘He adopted you as His own.’ Romans 8:15 NLT
If you’re adopted, that means your parents chose you. They could have picked a different boy or girl, skin colour, or ancestry. But they selected you. You may think, ‘But if they could have foreseen the rest of my life, they might have changed their minds.’ That’s the point exactly! God has foreseen our entire lives from beginning to end, and He was still convinced ‘to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ.’ (Ephesians 1:5 NLT)
We can now live ‘like God’s very own children, adopted into… His family, and calling to Him, “Father, Father”… And since we are His children, we will share His treasures—for all God gives to His Son Jesus is now ours too.’ (Romans 8:15, 17 TLB) God doesn’t accept you because of your pedigree. And He doesn’t reject you because of your divorce, deficiencies, debt or dumb choices. You’re His redeemed child.
You can call him ‘Abba’, which means ‘daddy’ or ‘papa’. You ‘may approach God with freedom and confidence.’ (Ephesians 3:12 NIV) And that’s so, on your bad days as well as your good ones. And it gets better. Your adoption is horizontal as well as vertical. You’re now a member of His redeemed family. Dividing walls of hostility are broken down, and community is created on the basis of a common Father. Instant family worldwide!
If God loves you, you must be worth loving. If He wants you in His Kingdom, then you must be worth having. God’s grace invites you—no, requires you—to change your attitude about yourself and take sides with God against your feelings of rejection or superiority, unworthiness or merit. You’re accepted, loved, and secure, because of Jesus!
SoulFood: Rom 7:1–9:16, Matt 13:24–35, Ps 134, Pr 4:5–13
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