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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, January 22, 2019
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Today’s scripture reading:
Under Roman law, an adopted child was guaranteed all legal rights to his father’s property, even if he was formerly a slave. He was not a second-class son; he was equal to all other sons, biological or adopted, in his father’s family. As adopted children of God, we share with Jesus all rights to God’s resources. As God’s heirs, we can claim what He has provided for us—our full identity as His children. (NLT)
Galatians 4:5-7 – God sent him [Jesus] to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that He could adopt us as his very own children. And because you Gentiles have become his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, and now you can call God your dear Father. Now you are no longer slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, everything he has belongs to you.
* Paul uses adoption to illustrate the believer’s new relationship with God. In Roman culture, the adopted person lost all rights in his old family and gained all the rights of a legitimate child in his new family. He became a full heir to his new father’s estate. Likewise, when a person becomes a Christian, he or she gains all the privileges and responsibilities of a child in God’s family. One of these outstanding privileges is being led by the Spirit (Galatians 4:5-7 [above]). We may not always feel as though we belong to God, but the Holy Spirit is our witness. His inward presence reminds us of who we are and encourages us with God’s love. (Romans 5:5 – And this expectation will not disappoint us. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.) (NLT)
Romans 8:12-17 – So, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation whatsoever to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. For if you keep on following it, you will perish. But if through the power of the Holy Spirit you turn from it and its evil deeds, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.
So you should not be like cowering, fearful slaves. You should behave instead like God’s very own children, adopted into his family—calling him “Father, dear Father.” For his Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our hearts and tells us that we are God’s children. And since we are his children, we will share his treasures—for everything God gives to his Son, Christ, is ours, too. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.
Quoted verse: To all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. –John 1:12 (NIV)
“Story” – Mary Ann Baker (Pennsylvania) titled her story “ADOPTED;” here is Mary Ann’s story:
“My parents took me into their home when I was three months old. After that, every detail of their lives was scrutinized before they could adopt me. In court, their friends testified as character references. Social workers made many unannounced visits to see what kind of care I was receiving. My parents finally were able to legally adopt me when I was 11 months old.
“Knowing all that my parents went through to adopt me helps me appreciate how much they wanted me as part of their family. Kids at school would tease me about being adopted, but nothing they said could convince me that I am not special to my parents. I know I am special because my parents chose me to be in their family. They had to prove that they wanted me and would take good care of me.
“Every one of us is even more special to God. After all, God became human in Jesus Christ, who died for us so that we could be adopted as God’s children. God has chosen us and has called everyone to join the family of God by trusting in Jesus.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Every person is special to God.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us your son so that we can be adopted into your family. Help us to show our love to you by following you in faith, word, and deed. Amen.
Prayer Focus: CHILDREN WAITING TO BE ADOPTED
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