Adopted as Sons

Let’s get your family together and continue our journey through the Westminster Confession (for this devotion, you will need your Bible):

What is great about a family? God has made us to love and be loved by a family. It is amazing that our brains release oxytocin – a chemical that helps with mental balance – when we stare into the eyes of our parents and our children! God has designed us so that when we grow up in the structure of a home, we thrive. This is why it is so important for families to be protected and defended. Did you know that there are currently more than 400,000 kids in foster care who are waiting to be adopted? Let’s watch this quick video from CBS News that shows us how kids change when they are in a family.

Did you know that God adopts children as well? God takes people that are not a part of His family and gives them His name, His presence, and His inheritance! This is such an important part of what it means to be a Christian.

Let’s start by reading all of Ephesians 1:3-14 together. The Bible tells us that when we separated ourselves from God, we declared ourselves to be His enemy. Remember how the Izatt brothers acted before they were adopted? But the Izatt’s loved them and took them in. God loved a people that were clawing at Him and rebelling against Him and He made them His own. The Bible tells us that God chose us and made us His own by giving His own Son Jesus for us, so that we would get what Jesus had – God as our Father!

This means that we can come to God, not as beggars or as negotiators, but as dearly loved children. God is a good Father. He leads us. He feeds us. He provides for our needs. Everything He says to us in His Word is good…it is for us and our good. And He has given us the Spirit who will walk with us every step of our lives and deliver us to our forever home with our Father in heaven. All of this shows us God’s great, delightfully wonderful goodness and grace.

Let’s run to our Father and tell Him every concern on our heart. He is eager to sweep us up into His arms, to hear every prayer, and to wipe every tear from our eyes.

Reaction Activity

  • Let’s sing Grace Alone together as a family.
  • Are you a part of God’s family? That means that you will be eager to see other members of the family! Take a few minutes to list the things that you look forward to when we come back to meet together as a church family!
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