Wednesday, February 3, 2016

ADOPTED INTO GOD'S FAMILY

A Sunday school teacher once had two new boys in class.  When she asked their ages and birth dates for registration, the blond boy said, "We're both seven.  My birthday is April 8, 1976, and my brother's is April 20,1976."  "That's impossible!" blurted the confused woman.  The dark-haired boy piped in, "No, it's not,.  One of us is adopted."  Before she could stop herself, the teacher asked, "Which one?"  The boys looked at each other and said, "We asked Dad a long time ago, but he just said he loved us both and couldn't remember which one was adopted."


God has only one begotten Son -- the rest of us have been adopted.  Your heavenly Father has not only adopted you but also completely accepted you in the Beloved.  Your all-powerful, all-knowing heavenly Father has chosen to forget your past.  He sees you just as He does His only begotten Son.  You have become a coheir with Christ.  You can now call the almighty God your Father.  "You should behave instead like God's very own children adopted into His family -- calling Him "Father, dear Father'"  (Romans 8:15 NLT).


-- Lenya Heitzig and Penny Pierce Rose in Pathway to God's Treasure: Ephesians




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