He Chose Us!!
"For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—" Ephesians 1:4-5
I was recently looking at my youngest son's adoption decree.
-- "Said child shall assume the status of child to parent with all of the rights and duties pertaining thereto, including the right of inheritance."When we become Christians we have legal standing with God as his adopted sons and daughters. We are "joint heirs" with his 'natural' son Jesus. We inherit all the same blessings and benefits. We now have access to the Father. We enjoy the privilege of calling him "Abba, Father". He responds to us and is always eagor to commune with the children whom he loves so deeply. When my son calls my name, especially if he is in distress, my response is immediate. Our heavenly Father's ear is always bent toward our voice.
-- "The child shall take the family name of Probst and shall henceforth be known as Kameron Michael Probst, the child of Kevin Paul Probst and Shannon Marie Probst."When we confess our sins and commit ourselves to Christ we take the family name. We are Christians. The new name signifies a new character. Old things are passed away, all things become new. We think differently, we act differently, we are transformed through the cleansing blood of Christ. We are proud to carry his name and would do nothing to besmirch the name of the One who loved us so much he was willing to purchase us with an unspeakable price to make us his own.
When we adopted Kameron, we didn't ask about an I.Q. gene or an athletic gene. We took him as he was and promised to love him unconditionally. When God adopts us into his family he doesn't come looking for only the best. He accepts us unconditionally as we are. What a privilege to be adopted into the family of God..."Just as I am, poor, wretched and blind."