Do we see ourselves as God’s adopted children? Is there gratitude in our hearts for what He has done for us?
19 Servants cannot be corrected by mere words; through the understand, they will not respond.
We are servants of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we must never lose sight of the fact that He has adopted us into His family! Not only that, but we are co-heirs with Jesus, which means that women have been raised to the status of son-ship (unheard of in that day) and we are heirs of heaven itself!
Our service to Him is borne out of gratitude, not duty.
There is another reason to obey Him, and that is because of the dangers of this world. We NEED Him. Our world was never intended to be like it is, but God had made provision even before the whole sin thing started (Rev. 13:8). It went like this:
- Adam and Eve walked with God. The Holy Spirit was like a cloak. It was the *Shekinah glory of God, their covering. “Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.” Genesis 2:25.
- Sin happened and the Shekinah glory of God was removed. “Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked;” Genesis 3:7a.
- Mankind lived without the glory of God for centuries. The Spirit would sometimes come upon a person (Joseph, Samuel, Samson, David, Isaiah, and others), but His residence was usually temporary and always conditional.
- Enter Jesus. His purpose was tri-fold:
- To deal with the penalty of sin;
- To give us the privilege to be adopted as God’s children;
- To indwell each of us–to move inside, to inhabit us!
- When we die, we are taken to be at His side and given glorified bodies that will last forever. No sin nature, no pain, the ability to stand in the presence of the Father, and to enjoy His eternal pleasures forever!
Our adoption moves us from servanthood to sonship. Our relationship with our heavenly Father through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit is the most important aspect of our salvation. It’s for our future and our safety. Let’s make it a priority today.
*Wikipedia: The word shekhinah is not present in the Bible, and is first encountered in the rabbinic literature.:148–49 The Semitic root means “to settle, inhabit, or dwell”. The root word is often used to refer to birds’ nesting and nests (“Every fowl dwells near its kind and man near his equal.”) and can also mean “neighbor.”
Verses on adoption:
Romans 8:15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”
Romans 8:23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship [its fulfillment], the redemption of our bodies.
Galatians 4:4-5 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.
Ephesians 1:5 …he predestined [made it accessible to] us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—