100-Day Identity Makeover: Day 52
You Are Adopted as Sons (Daughters) Through Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:5)
My first exposure to adoption was through Different Strokes, a well-known television show that ran during the ’80’s. The weekly episodes our family viewed taught me adoption is a choice based out of love. I gained understanding that those who previously had no belonging are brought into a place of belonging through a legal process. Finally, I learned adopted children share in the same privileges as those naturally born.
The Bible says that God chose to adopt us as sons (inherently means daughters too) “through Jesus, in accordance with His pleasure and will” (Ephesians 1:5). Because He loves us, He made salvation in His Son possible for us! For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). God, out of His love, willed that no one person should have to live or die apart from Him. It pleases God to reconcile you to Himself through Jesus Christ.
When you accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, you immediately become God’s child and a member of His forever family. “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God…” (1 Peter 2:9-10). Child of God, just as an adopted child belongs with his adoptive family, so you belong to God the Father. Jesus’ giving His life for your sins completed the transaction, and the covenant of His blood is eternally binding.
Finally, do not forget that as one adopted through Jesus Christ, you share in all the same privileges. As Jesus hosted the holy presence of God and ministered in the anointing, so you host the Holy Spirit (See 1 Corinthians 6:19). And, when you are filled with the Holy Spirit, you receive power to be God’s witness.
You are adopted by the Father in heaven, and as His son/daughter, all that is His is yours (See Luke 15:31). It’s time to accept the terms of your adoption. You were selected out of love, brought in to a place of belonging, and now live a privileged life as a son/daughter of the King!
Walk It Out Hear God’s Word and put it into practice (Luke 8:21).
Repeatedly confess this truth: “I am a child of God, and that comes with great privilege!”