I AM ADOPTED BY GOD
“Having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.” Ephesians 1:5
Have you ever felt you did not belong to anyone? That you were all alone? You do not have to be an orphan to feel this way.
If you do not have a sense of belonging, look no further. The Bible tells us in Ephesians 1:5 that God offers a way to meet our need to belong. The word “predestined” means God determined beforehand that all who would believe in Christ alone for salvation would be adopted into God’s family. God did this “according to the good pleasure of His will.” Just as parents are thrilled to be able to adopt a boy or girl into their family, so too, it made God very happy to mark me out beforehand to be adopted into His family. I brought God much pleasure when He decided to adopt me. That is how special I am to God!
At the time that the apostle Paul wrote the book of Ephesians, adopted children in Rome had all the rights and privileges of a natural born child in the new family and completely lost all their rights in their old family. In the eyes of the law, the adopted person was a new person. So new that all the debts and obligations connected with the previous family were abolished as if they never existed.
When I believed in Christ, I was adopted into God’s family where I can now enjoy all the rights and privileges that God’s only Son possesses. All my sin debt has been cancelled as if it never existed! And I now have many new brothers and sisters in Christ who love me and whom I can love. I now belong to God and His family forever.
Prayer: Father God, I praise You for planning my adoption into Your family through the Lord Jesus Christ. Thank You for revealing how special I am to You – I brought You much pleasure when You chose to adopt me. And now I have all the rights and privileges that Your only Son possesses. Thank You that I now have a family that loves me for who I am, not for what I do or don’t do. I belong to You and all my brothers and sisters in Christ. This makes me so happy! In Jesus’ name. Amen.