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This month I want to help us prepare for Christmas by reflecting on God’s Grace. If you want an overview of what I’m trying to accomplish, read the first post in this blog series called A Month To Remember God’s Grace.
Below is the reflection for today.
For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”
- Romans 8:15
To accept God’s grace is to accept God’s offer to be adopted into his family. This is great news to consider this Christmas because while there may be many unplanned pregnancies, there has never been an unplanned adoption. You see adoptions are by definition purposeful. They are done with thoughtful care and attentive choosing. Additionally people don’t often adopt because they have to. On the contrary, most adoptions flow out of an abundance of love. In this I want you to see that God purposefully picked you because he wanted you.
Paul says before the foundation of the world God chose us to be adopted as his sons and daughters. This means God saw your entire life – the good, the bad and the ugly – and he still wanted you. You might not understand why God would want you, but you’re perception, doesn’t change God’s verdict. He loves you and he wants you to be part of his family.
Sometimes we treat our relationship with God as contractual, meaning if we pay the rent, he has to put up with us.
This is not God’s view at all. We are his adopted children and he is our good heavenly father. In the Bible we see that God wants us to call him Abba, which is a term of affection, intimacy and dependency. We are to see that he is pleased and proud of us.
This Christmas, God’s great desire for you is that you begin to see him as a good, loving and gracious dad, who wants you to draw your strength from the smile that is on his face.
How do you feel knowing that God chose you to be part of his family? Is it hard or easy for you to believe that God wanted you to be part of his family? Spend some time today listing some of the characteristics of God’s family and thanking God for adopting you into his family.