Devotion for Tuesday, July 6
He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace 8that he lavished on us.  Ephesians 1:5-8
The gift of adoption is such a great gift. I have always admired and have great respect for people that adopt children. It is indeed a gift and a blessing from God.
Parents adopt children for many different reasons. Some adopt because they want to provide a child with the security of a home. Some adopt because they want to experience the joys of being a parent. Some long to give a child what they missed in their own upbringing. Others adopt because they want a big family and therefore open their homes and hearts to whomever God brings their way. Whatever the reason parents have for adopting children, I believe it is a gift that comes with a blessing.
In Ephesians 1, the apostle Paul tells us that, “God destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.”(v.5).  God choose to adopt us to become his sons and daughters, possessing all the rights of an heir and having right to everything God is and owns.
These are some of the richest words in the bible for us as Christians. Every time I read this scripture it makes me proud of who I am as a child of God – that God chose us according to the good pleasure of His will and in Him we have redemption through the blood of Christ, and forgiveness according to the riches of His grace.
Belonging to a family, group, clan, tribe, race, or nationality, provides us with a great sense of purpose and esteem. Also not belonging creates a sense of rejection, neglect, and oppression. We experience anxiety and fear when we do not belong. We worry that we will miss out on great opportunities. We fear the discomfort of rejection.
But being adopted as a child of God is the most fulfilling and rewarding experience that we will ever have. Paul teaches us that there is a great value in God’s adoption. As adopted children of God, we enjoy an inheritance that provides us glorious grace, redemption, and forgiveness. We are children of a Heavenly Father who not only cares for the smallest details of our lives, but who also gives us an identity, a purpose, and an honored position in God’s Kingdom.
In Christ and with faith, God has provided a better way to handle our fears and anxiety, and our trials and tribulations. We belong to a family of God, and with God, there is no rejection, abandonment, or neglect. God is love and He shares His love with us, so we can share the same love with others.
Embrace someone who does not look like you, so they can feel like they belong. Love someone, so that they may not suffer from the pain of rejection. Reach out your hands and comfort others so that their pain may turn to joy.
God our Father, you who gave us His Son Jesus Christ, through whom we have been given grace, redemption, and forgiveness, fill us with your love. Teach us to embrace and love others just as you have loved us. In our trials and fears be our strength and let us be reminded that we are your children, adopted to the good pleasures of your will. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen!
Grace and Peace,
Pastor Nyahaley Labor