Week 8, Day 3: Adopting

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by Dan Weyerhaeuser, Senior Pastor

Truly the adoption of God is a gift that keeps on giving! Once He makes you His child, you never stop being His child. This is what the redemption of Christ accomplished. You will be helped today to remember what Christ has done for you.

Take a few minutes to ask God to speak to you through His Word. (Note: He is probably more eager to speak to you than you realize, and what He has to say will help you!)

Read Galatians 4:4-7 out loud, several times, slowly.

At just the right moment in the plan of God, He sent His Son to be born as one of us. While being God, He also became human… one of us. He came to life the perfect, obedient life we could never live. In fact He came to offer this new life to us who were slaves to sin (and enemies to Him). He is the only man to ever live “under the law” and do so perfectly! God would count Jesus perfect righteousness to those who believe, and so “redeem them.”

Read V. 5. The purpose of this was to redeem us (buy us out of slavery). But the extent of God’s blessing didn’t end there… we “received adoption as sons.” What do you have to say to your Father in heaven that this is how saved we get… becoming His child?

Some people wonder why Paul didn’t say that we received adoption as “sons and daughters”? One might think Paul somehow valued men more than women. However that would have missed the point. As the Father welcomes His Son, Jesus, so He welcomes us who are His… as “sons.” The Father’s welcome of Jesus is the measure of His welcome of us. What is your response to this gift?

Read V. 6-7. God’s Spirit is at work in us, giving us heart and words to engage with God as His loving children. Invite Him to help you trust God’s love for you as your Father.

As you conclude: What is one truth about God from these texts you can take through your day? How can you remember it?

Can you think of two people you will see today who don’t yet know the adopting love of Christ? Take a moment and pray for both of them, that God’s Spirit would give them new birth. Then watch for how He brings you two together!

Go spend your day with the God Who redeems!

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