Chosen for Adoption

May 2018: A Word From Dr. Stanley

From the time a birth announcement is sent until the writing of an obituary, people are identified by their family relationships. In the same way, God identifies us by our relationship to Him. Although we’re all born alienated from Him by our sin, those who hear the gospel and believe it are brought into the family of God by adoption and become His children.

It’s easy to forget all about our family connection to the Almighty, especially when we don’t live up to this title.

On an average day, do you tend to think of yourself as a child of God? It’s easy to forget all about our family connection to the Almighty, especially when we don’t live up to this title. Despite the fact that we still struggle with sin and failure, we need to hang on to the truth that we have been adopted by our heavenly Father.

Adoption carries with it the idea of being chosen. Someone deliberately decides to love a child and bring that little one into the family. This is precisely what God has done for you. What’s even more amazing is that He set His love upon you prior to your lifetime—even before the foundation of the world, He chose that you would be holy and blameless (Eph. 1:4).

Such a great display of love calls for a response. Like any adored child, we should bless our heavenly Father with gratitude and obedience. How will you respond? This month’s devotions focus on your identity in Christ. As you read and ponder them, believe what God has said about you, even if you can’t see it or feel it. He truly is a gracious and merciful Father.

 
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4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love

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