Child of God
Do you ever stumble across a portion of scripture, and have the words, the meaning, suddenly jump off the page at you with fresh significance? That happened to me last week... I love it when God does that :)
"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. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba, Father." So you are no longer a slave, but God's child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir." Galatians 3:4-7
You know how we all get really excited when someone announces that they are going to adopt a child? And we lend our encouragement and even financial support... because we realize how HUGE it is!! Well, if we claim Christ as our Savior and place our hope in Him, that's what has happened to us!! ... like that scripture says.
Last week, I was really bummed about a closed-door in my life. I was mourning the loss of an opportunity to share my faith... I so desperately wanted to pass along the hope which I have; the hope I have it Christ Jesus as my Savior. And when I say hope, I don't mean "hoping" for the best... "hoping" I will make it to heaven someday... Rather, The Hope I have is secure anticipation of what is to come! I wish so desperately that everyone could know the joy of that kind of hope.
I'm overwhelmed by the enormity of it all. My identity is secure... I AM HIS CHILD. My freedom in this life is secure... I AM NO LONGER A SLAVE to sin. My future is secure... I AM AN HEIR to the Kingdom and the reward.