Adoption into God’s family

But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.
Galatians 4:4-5 (NIV)

Read: Galatians 4:1-20

Consider:  Paul in his letter to the church in Galatia speaks of believers as being ‘… children of God …’ (Galatians 3:26).  On its own this truth is amazing, yet in the next chapter of Galatians Paul speaks of ‘… adoption to sonship’ (4:5).  Most people reading this post will have been born into a family, while others may have been adopted into a family.  Adoption means that the child will be treated in exactly the same as any of the siblings born naturally to the parents. Adoption concerns our relationship with God (he is our heavenly Father) and also our relationship with other Christians (we are all members of God’s family).

There may be some reading this post today who have not had a happy childhood and some who eagerly hoped for adoption, but were disappointed.  If that is you, then take heart from the fact that in Christ you have been adopted into God’s family and are one of his children.  How do you relate to God?  Scripture is clear that one of the privileges of our adoption is that we can call God ‘Father’ and to have a relationship with him that allows us to address him in prayer as ‘Our Father in heaven’ (Matthew 6:9).

How do you look upon those with whom you worship in church?  Do you see them as a family?  As part of God’s family we have a responsibility for each other, to show that we care about each other’s physical and spiritual welfare.  This level of concern for the welfare of the believers in Galatia is evident in today’s reading from Paul’s letter.  Notice Paul’s words: ‘… how is it that you are turning back … Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?’ ((4:9) and ‘… I am perplexed about you!’ (4:20).  These are not the words of someone who is unconcerned about the Galatians, but those of one who is passionate for the spiritual health of the believers there.  Can and should we show equal concern for the spiritual health of all those with whom we worship?  Absolutely!  As members of the family of God and children of God together, we are all members of the one family and, as such, are brothers and sisters.

Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters (Hebrews 13:1)

Pray:  Father, may we fully understand what it means to be adopted into your family and the relationship this gives us with you and with our fellow believers.  Amen

Every blessing

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