Family of God

by Mary Stout


​ John 1:12-13, “12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
The other night we were going to dinner at our family friend’s house. It was her family’s get together for the holidays and she was kind enough to invite us. The grandkids were excited about going. John was not so sure though and he asked, “Grandma if we are not family, is it ok if we still go?” I explained that although we were not family it was ok. 
Then I heard the voice of wisdom from my 8-year-old granddaughter, Rylee. “But Grandma, we are family” 
I asked her what she meant. This was her reply.
“Grandma, if God is our Father, and we all belong to Him that makes us family.” 
I agreed and told the kids that sometimes God puts people in our lives to show us how much he loves us as his children. 
Once you have accepted Jesus as your Savior you are given the right to be a child of God. It does not matter if you have the same mom and dad. God has adopted you.  Isn’t it amazing that we have been called into this wonderful life and family? Just think of all the new brothers, sisters, and cousins you have now! 
When the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman . . . to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.
Galatians 4:4-5
Rejoice in this upcoming new year. You’re the child of the King of Kings! 
Prayer: As this year begins, help me remember I am your child,  Father. So is my neighbor and so is the guy in the grocery line. Show me how to be your light to them every day in the next year. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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