To live as God’s child is to know at this instant, that you are loved by your Maker not because you try to please Him and succeed, or fail to please Him and apologize, but because He wants to be your Father. Nothing more. All your efforts to win His affection are unnecessary. All you fears of losing His affection are needless. You can no more make Him want you than you can convince Him to abandon you. The adoption is irreversible. You have a place at His table.
Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine
“So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when He adopted you as His own children. Now we call Him, ‘Abba, Father'” (Romans 8:15, New Living Translation).
“But when the right time came, God sent His Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent Him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that He could adopt us as His very own children. And because we are His children, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, ‘Abba, Father'” (Galatians 4:4-6, New Living Translation).
“God decided in advance to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ. This is what He wanted to do, and it gave Him great pleasure” (Ephesians 1:5, New Living Translation).
In God’s House, you are not a foster child. You belong to Him. Chosen. Beloved. Accepted.
NB: This post is a slightly revised version of a post originally published on this blog as “Adoption Irreversible,” on July 6, 2015.
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