Romans 8:15-17 So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” 16 For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. 17 And since we are his children, we are his heirs.
When we surrender to God, He makes us his CHILDREN and we have FULL RIGHTS that any child gets from his father.
Since ANCIENT TIMES, adopted children have been FIRST-CLASS children with the same name, inheritance, and legal rights as biological children.
Kate is our DAUGHTER. There’s no distinction between her and a biological daughter. We’ll PROUDLY tell her and others about her background, her story, but we’ll never introduce her as our “ADOPTED DAUGHTER.” She’s 100% our DAUGHTER!
We didn’t make space for her in our storage building. I didn’t build her a room in our garage. She couldn’t be more OURS if she was our blood-daughter. She doesn’t get second-class love from us. We’ll give her the best we can afford. She’s a daughter, a grand-daughter, a cousin, and a niece.
See, ADOPTION makes you LEGITIMATE, the REAL DEAL. There’s no reason for distinction.
For everyone who invites God into their life, God is our FATHER and we have full access to His resources. He gives us a new STATUS – FORGIVEN; a new NAME – CHILD OF GOD; a new NATURE – RIGHTEOUSNESS, a new PRIORITY – TO GLORIFY HIM IN ALL WE DO; and a new DESTINATION – ETERNITY IN HEAVEN.
If you’re ONE OF GOD’S CHILDREN, ACT LIKE IT! Remember how you felt about your parents when you were a little kid? We should be as thrilled to belong to God as we were to belong to our parents. Think about that! We should PROUDLY claim God as our Father EVERY CHANCE WE GET.