Remember when you were little and got scared in the middle of the night? Where’d you go?
Mom and dad’s bed.
It never crossed my mind as a child to not wake mom and dad up when I was scared, or sick, or couldn’t sleep, or excited, or anything.
Our heavenly Father, the Creator of all things, the King of Kings, is the only King who wants you to wake Him up at 2 in the morning. (well, He doesn’t actually sleep but you get the idea, right?).
As adopted, chosen, children of God – we have FULL access to Him
24/7, 365 days a year, 86,400 seconds a day.
Let’s take a look at some verses about us, as children of God.
“Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God – children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” John 1:12-13
“In love He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will…” Ephesians 1:5-6a
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!…” 1 John 3:1
You’ve likely heard the phrase “born again” and likely know it’s Christianeze for what happens when we accept Jesus.
But have you thought about what it means?
Being born again means we’re born into God’s family and become His kids. This gives us a new life – a life that changes us from the inside out (the Marie Kondo’ing we talked about yesterday).
We’re now both physically and spiritually alive.
We now have the right to claim the lofty title of “God’s children”.
Wow! This also means our self-worth changes.
Secure, as Gods Kids
As Christians our self-worth is (notice I used a definitive word – that’s on purpose) based on the fact that God loves us and calls us His kids. This Father-child relationship is a NOW thing. Not something that’ll happen only when we’re in heaven.
Knowing that we’re God’s kids should motivate us to live like Jesus did. He left us the perfect example to follow and gave us the power needed to live out our lives as the King kids.
That power, in case you need a reminder or are new to Bought At A Price, is the Holy Spirit.
Paul wanted to solidify this parent:child image for believers and show just how secure our relationship with God is. That’s why he used the word adopted.
Roman law, at the time these verses were written, stated that someone who was adopted had the same rights and privileges as biological children.
There is nothing, nada, zip, zero, zilch, that can get us kicked out of God’s family.
Your heavenly Father loves you so much He wants your hand super-glued into His hand.
Wants you coming to Him for absolutely everything.
Wants to talk to you every moment of every day.
God wants to be such an integral part of your life that you mimic Him in everything you say and do.
Ever do that when you were a kid? Mimic your parents?
Follow them around and copy what they were doing and saying?
Well – it’s time for us to start doing that again. Only this time it’s God we’re following around and copycatting.
Bottom line: You are part of the most prestigious royal family, start copycatting your King.
Here’s today’s devotional questions and the PDF. Where’d You Go Devotion Questions
- What do you think of when you think of being royalty?
- Is there an area or areas of your life that you wouldn’t want anyone to know about? Aka family secrets?
- Would you confess those things to God and ask Him what He’d like in their place? Make a note about what the Holy Spirit shows you and ask Him to give you the strength to live as the King’s kid.
- What things would you like to talk with God about? Take His hand and write those things down. Then spend some time talking with your Father. After, make a note about what He said, showed you, asked you to do.
- Are you confident that your relationship with God is secure? Why or why not?
- What will you ask the Holy Spirit to help you with today? How will this reflect you following Jesus’ example?
Here’s a link to yesterday’s post Have You Marie Kondo’d Yet?
and the first post in the series Do You Know Who You Are?
Today’s Quick Tip
Since we talked about children and childhood in this post we thought comfort food was fitting. Cookie & Kate is a blogger we follow and tend to love. She’s got a list of 25 healthy comfort food recipes that’s sure to have something your trip down memory lane’s craving. I’m leaning towards one of the enchilada recipes myself (Sarah and her husband have enjoyed them all). Enchiladas were one of the few dinners mom made that I actually wanted to eat (sorry mom). Still love them to this day.