SELAH Daily Devotions!
Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will. To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. Ephesians 1:5-6
Most of us didn’t have a choice about what family we were born into, not to mention who our family members are. We came through the old fashioned way. In other words, you kinda got who and what you got!
But, looking back, adoption has been a common, yet always celebrated, event in our family. I guess, it’s ‘cause, generally, we’re just big-hearted! A lot of my folk, opened their hearts and homes to little boys and girls whose biological parents, for whatever the circumstances, were unable to provide the nurturing love that they needed. I can’t tell you how awesome it was to welcome and embrace a new cousin, niece or nephew. I remember thinking, “Wow, they must be pretty special to be picked out like that”!
I’d seen those black and white movies about orphans who were waiting and waiting for parents. Someone would come in, look them over, decide if they were cute enough, little enough, big enough, smart enough, strong enough, good enough. I imagine their list of criteria could’ve been as unique as their handprints, huh?
Sometimes, a few of them would get “lucky” and be adopted. But more often than not, many more were left behind. The rejected kids probably assumed that they didn’t quite fit the model the prospective parents were looking for. Can you imagine what it’s like to feel that kind of rejection? Sadly, many of us can.
But Thanks Be to God! According to our scripture text, there is One looking down through the portals of Eternity! Before we were even born, GOD Personally and purposely selected you and I to become His Very Own!
I mean, He actually legally adopted us through His First Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to be legitimate sons and daughters! And what’s even more amazing to this seemingly unbelievable reality, is that God chose us knowing exactly what He was getting!
I know, right?
The Bible attests that “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly… But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:6, 8)!
Didjaheardat? Not only are we lovingly accepted into God’s own family, but as justified believers, we’re joint-heirs with The King of Glory, Christ Jesus! Now that we’re God’s sons and daughters, we’re free to share and enjoy the same rights and privileges that Jesus Christ does! (Ref. Romans 8:17) Ain’t that Amazing? Good God Ta Mighty!
I don’t know how you feel about it, but to me, that sounds a whole lot like He Really Does Want You!
Pause, Ponder, Pray & Praiz!