Prayer: Gracious God, guide our lives with your Holy Spirit and through your Word, in Christ. Amen.
15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption.
For some reason people think that being adopted is less desirable that being a child by birth. Our devotion writer tells about Anna, who came home from school crying because she learned that being adopted meant not being a real child. Anna’s parents told her that she was loved exactly like she would be otherwise. They illustrated there point by taking Anna to an animal shelter so that Anna could adopt a puppy that she fell in love with, and learn that even when adopted she was indeed loved as their child.
We are loved by God. As followers of Jesus we have been adopted by God. We have received a spirit of adoption that witnesses “we are children of God” (v. 16). [God] destined us for adoption as [God’s] children through Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 1:5). Our devotion writer writes; “Just think, the Creator of all that exists loves us so much that God sacrificed God’s perfect Son to make us the Lord’s forever children.”
“What love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are” (1 John 3:1).
Prayer: “Abba, Father, thank you for making me your child through your amazing love and grace. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
12 So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh— 13 for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. 15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ—if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.
18 I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; 20 for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; 23 and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.