Friday, December 17, 2010

No Longer Slaves, But FREE!

Friday, Third Week in Advent

Galatians 4:1-7 (NRSV)

God's Son, sent in the fullness of time

My point is this: heirs, as long as they are minors, are no better than slaves, though they are the owners of all the property; but they remain under guardians and trustees until the date set by the father. So with us; while we were minors, we were enslaved to the elemental spirits of the world. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.


Today's scripture has special meaning to me because today is "GOTCHA DAY!" in my family.

This is the day that we will bring two new daughters home through the miracle of adoption.

These children were not born into our family, rather we sought them out, chose them, and invited them into the circle of our love--FOREVER!

Just two days ago, we Skyped with our new daughters and one of them shouted, "I CAN'T WAIT! I MEAN, I REALLY CAN'T WAIT!"

Today, my heart wishes that all of us could feel this way about our "adoption" by God into God's family.

Before Jesus' life, death, and resurrection, we were not a part of God's family, after his sacrifice we are!

God's Spirit bears witness to God's love for us! Hallelujah!

I have biological children and now I have adopted ones and I find that I love them all the same!

Thank God, for God's amazing love, that "adopts" us and call us His own!



If you have questions about how to become a friend and follower of Jesus, please see the devotion entitled, “Come to Jesus” @

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