Devotion of the Week

March 17, 2019 - Devotion

 

In Christ, I am God’s child.

“…having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.”

Ephesians 1:5-6

 

            There are many terms one might use in referring to our relationship to God. Disciple, servant, church member, slave, sheep, forgiven one, the saved – all these and more have merit. They can help us identify who we are.

            Yet, in Ephesians the Lord teaches us of a very special relationship He desires with us. We are adopted into God’s family as a child of God. How special is that? And the Lord as our heavenly Father has taken all the steps to complete the adoption. How has He done that? “By Jesus Christ” Ephesians 1:5 tells us.

            The Gospel of John declares of Jesus: “He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God’ (John 1:11-13).

            In Paul’s Letter to the Romans, we find: “For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father.’ The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God, and if children, then heirs – heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together” (Romans 8:15-17).

            Say it out loud, “In Christ, I am God’s child.”

Think of Jesus’ sacrifice of Himself on the cross for our sins. Never forget what Jesus did in order that you and I might be God’s child. How powerful then to know God gave His only Son that you and I could be His children.

 

Prayer:

             We praise You, Lord, for by Your mighty creative hand we are fearfully and wonderfully made!

            Thank You, Father, for Jesus, Your Son, who gave His life for our lives, and by the giving of His life as a sacrifice for our sin, You make a way for us to become Your children …. in Christ.

            Out of love, You adopt us into Your family and into Your kingdom.

What an amazing love!

            What a privilege to be called a child of God. Truly – how great is our God!

            In the lovely name of Jesus, we pray.

                        Amen.