The word for today is adoption. Imagine you are an orphan left on the streets. You are hungry and thirsty. Begging for scraps of food. Your last job you were treated like a slave, so you escaped. Even your only friend, a stray dog, has abandoned you! You are friendless, lonely and miserable.
Then one day a big stretch limousine pulls up beside you. You recognize the limousine. It is the one you scratched with a key because you were bored and belongs to the enemy of your former boss. The driver asks you to get in, and reluctantly you do. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. The limousine drives and eventually goes through some large gates and there is a huge house on top of the hill. The owner is there to greet you. He tells you that you are now part of his family now, if you want to be. You have no need to go back to begging for scraps. You are part of his family now, with all the legal standing as one of his children.
That is adoption in the Christian sense. If you are a Christian, God has accepted you as a member of His family with all the legal standing of an heir and a true son or true daughter.
The bible says in Galatians 4:7 “Now you are no longer a slave b ut God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.”
Because of adoption, we know that:
- God purchased us from slavery into a family (Ephesians 1:7)!
- God will supply all our needs, just as all good fathers always do!
- God comes to live inside us!
- We are reconciled with God, even though once we were His enemies (Romans 5:9)!
- We have transformed relationships with others and ourselves!
- We now seek His honour rather than our own!
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