I have never withheld the fact from my son that he is adopted. I have never let him forget that he was chosen—not an accident, not an illegitimate child or an unwanted life. I waited for him for 12 years, hoping and praying that he would come soon. And when he did, what a celebration! When I remarried, my husband gave my son his name and considers him the same as his children born to him. The law looks at him and he has the same rights as any biological child born into a family. His biological mother and grandmother wrote him letters that let him know he is loved and not forgotten. Some day they hope to see him face to face and see how much he has grown in their likeness.
If you are a Christian, did you know that you are adopted? (Romans 8:15) Did you know that you are not an accident, not illegitimate and that you are truly wanted? Did you know that you were chosen not 12 years ago, but before the world was made? (Ephesians 1:5) Did you also know that when we are welcomed into God’s family, we have the same rights as His son Jesus? How do I know that? Because God wrote us all a letter, letting us know that we are loved and not forgotten. And He writes that some day He hopes to see us face to face and see how much we have grown in His likeness. (1 Corinthians 13:12)
This week is the most important week of the year for Christians. If Christ had never fulfilled His promise of resurrection, we would be lost. The Good News is that Jesus is the lamb of the Old Testament. (John 1:29) He is the culmination of God’s great plan to reconcile His wayward children to Himself. (Romans 5:11) Without a sacrifice and atonement for the sins of the world, we could never be called “children of God”, because sin separates us from God. (1 John 1:8) We are God’s adopted sons and daughters. We have the same rights as His son Jesus, in fact when we admit that Jesus is the Son of God, our debt is paid in full. (Philippians 2:6-11) Our overdrawn account is washed clean, and we are welcomed into God’s family. (1 John 4:10) God will never disown, kick out or disinherit us. (Romans 8:38-39) And we will see the one who made it all possible some day when our bodies give out. (1 Corinthians 15:52) God has waited several years for you to come, how much longer are you going to wait? (Revelation 3:20) One day it will be too late. (Luke 17:30-37)
Will you claim your birthright as an adopted son or daughter? If you want to know more about joining God's family, email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.