by Doris Hoover
How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 1 John 3:1 NIV
I have a surname which I received from my father and a married name which I received from my husband. But my best name is the one I got when I was adopted by the Lord, who officially declared me “a child of God”.
My daughter and her husband adopted a precious little boy. Removed from a life of neglect and dysfunction, he was placed into their loving home. On his official day of adoption, he was given a new name which identified him as belonging to my daughter’s family. His new name affords him all the benefits that come with his new standing. He has his very own bedroom in his very own house. His adoptive parents lavish love upon him. They shower him with material, emotional and spiritual blessings. He went from a chaotic uncertain home to a home that offers stability, safety, nurturing, and love.
Before we’re adopted by the Lord, we suffer from neglect because the world only offers empty promises that never satisfy our deepest needs. Dysfunction is the norm, and our future is uncertain. Our souls are starved for spiritual nourishment.
God sees our deprivation. His heart opens to us, and we’re invited to become part of His family. Jesus is the means through which we’re officially adopted. From that moment on, we have a new standing with all the benefits it affords. “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory” (Romans 8:16-17 NIV).
Oh, how blessed we are to have a new name and a new standing! But do we live in their power? In John 17:13, Jesus promises us the full measure of His joy. Paul assures us in Ephesians 3:20 that our Father can do immeasurably more than we can even imagine or ask because His power is at work within us.
Too often, I forget about the benefits of being in God’s family. I imagine you may as well. This forgetfulness shows up as worry or complaining, as fearfulness, or as a lack joy. If those emotions fill our days, we’ve definitely forgotten that we’re part of the most powerful family in the universe. In fact, the Father of our family created the universe.
Let’s live up to our new name by turning away from our old worldly attitudes. Let’s remember who we are and claim our heritage. Then we can live in the power of the blessings God bestows upon each one of His children. Because that is what we are!
This article is brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).
About the author: Doris Hoover lives in Florida, but she also spends time along the coast of Maine. Her passion is discovering God’s messages in nature and sharing them with others. You can visit Doris at captivatedbythecreator.com.
Doris’ book, Quiet Moments in The Villages, A Treasure Hunt Devotional invites you to step outside to discover the treasures God places around you. She leads you to beautiful places in her home town. Her poetic descriptions and beautiful photography draw you into moments that will stir your heart.
Join the conversation: What benefits of being in God’s family do you appreciate the most?