January 29 | Ephesians 1:5-6
“having been predestined into adoption through Jesus Christ to him, according to his good pleasure and will to the praise of his glorious grace which he bestowed on us in his Beloved” (Ephesians 1:5–6)
I’ve never been an orphan, but they live hard lives, usually without anyone to love them. It’s not until they adopted by a loving family that life truly begins for them. Before then, their lives are generally miserable. Even foster homes don’t meet all their needs.
It was the same for you before you met Jesus. He would like an orphan, separated from God’s family. But the moment Jesus came into your life, God adopted you as his child. You were destined for the grave and Hell. But now you’re a child of the King, destined for eternity in his presence.
Roman adoption in Paul’s day didn’t just change your name legally. You receive the total and irritants of the One who adopts you. Adoption means everything God has for you is now yours.
But God did this because of his glorious grace and great name. Like the orphan rejoicing in a loving home, rejoice because God chose you as part of his family. He has a purpose for you. He blessed you with his inheritance, and now it’s all yours!
Action Step: Walk confidently because you are a child of the King. He has adopted you into his family forever. Praise him for his glorious name and his boundless grace. You’re moving into heaven with Jesus.
Heavenly Father, thank you for your great grace in adopting me into your family. I am your child! You have blessed me with an inheritance I didn’t deserve. You’ve taken me out of the mud and placed me as a precious jewel in your kingdom. Blessed be your name!