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Joining The Family

Maurice Griffin was adopted when he was 32 years old. He had lived with Lisa and Charles Godbold 20 years earlier as a foster child. Although Maurice was now a man living on his own, adoption had been what the family and he had always longed for. Once they were reunited and the adoption was official, Maurice commented, “This is probably the happiest moment in my life. . . . I’m happy to be home.”

Those of us who have joined the family of God may refer to that time as the happiest moment in our lives. When we trust Christ for salvation, we become God’s children, and He becomes our heavenly Father. The Bible assures us, “You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:26).

As God’s adopted children, we acquire spiritual siblings—our brothers and sisters in Christ—and we all share an eternal inheritance (Col. 1:12). In addition, Jesus’ Spirit indwells our hearts and enables us to pray using the name Abba, Father (Gal. 4:6)—like a child calling, “Daddy.”

To be a child of God is to experience the closeness and security of a Father who loves us, accepts us, and wants to know us. Our adoption into His family is a wonderful homecoming.

I once was an outcast stranger on earth,
A sinner by choice, and an alien by birth;
But I’ve been adopted, my name’s written down,
An heir to the mansion, a robe, and a crown. —Buell
God’s arms are always open to welcome anyone home.

Insight

Paul’s use of the metaphor of adoption is significant. A child who is orphaned and abandoned is likely to die. But through adoption a child is accepted and made part of the family, with full status and rights. That child is given a new life. This is God’s action toward us. When God redeems us, He accepts us into His family as sons and daughters.

17 thoughts on “Joining The Family

  1. krisskrossy says:

    Thank u Lord GOD for a new and spiritual family, I once was lost but now I’m found thanks to my Daddy Abba Love

  2. ninafierro says:

    Thank you Abba Father for letting me be part of this big diverse family. To all my brothers and sisters some day we all are going to meet, for now let’s share our love for each other and to others who are not yet part of our family to let the Light shine in this world!!

    1. starviot says:

      Amen! Hallelujah! :)

  3. El Elyons' says:

    Happy Holy Week,
    Clothed in Christ and one with Him came on the day i realized that something was missing in my life. When i asked Jesus to come into my heart He made me complete :-) “Yay” Im a child of El Elyon and forever will be. “Happy Holy day Jesus for being the glory of God. May all your children bless Your Holy Name For You alone are Holy. There is no other God like You :-)

  4. mirabelli says:

    Thank you God for letting me be apart of your family I praise you Amen

  5. davidhatt says:

    This is great what an assurance, and so simple, we people complicate it, thank you Jesus.

  6. xs says:

    I’m so glad I’m a part of the Family of God,
    I’ve been washed in the fountain, cleansed by His blood!
    Joint heirs with Jesus as we travel this sod,…..I’m so glad I’m part of the family God. Amen

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