Wednesday, November 5, 2014

+DEV+ Is Jesus Really Yours?

Date: November 5, 2014 12:52 AM
Topic: +DEV+  Is Jesus Really Yours?

Is Jesus Really Yours?

"And you also are among those who are called to belong to Jesus Christ." Romans 1:6

Scripture Focus: Romans 1:1-6; 8:12-15

"Is she really yours?" and "Do you have any children of your own?" are familiar questions to adoptive parents. Sometimes I have wondered if the inquiries are implying that the “really yours” is not really a family. 

"Am I really in the family?" is an age-old question. Paul often reminded the believers in Rome, Ephesus and Galatia that they were brothers, adopted, and children of God. He told them that the family extended beyond Israel and into the whole Gentile world. They needed to know just as much then as we do now what our identity is in Jesus. We really do belong to Him. 

At times I've been defensive about the "really yours?" question, probably because I have thought that somehow "naturally born" was better than adopted. Does any of us want to admit that in our adoption by Christ we all once were lost, abandoned and enslaved? Yet even Israel was adopted (Romans 9:4), Paul says, and was an abandoned baby (Ezekiel 16:4-6) before the Lord "adopted" her. So are we really His? Yes, and more welcomed than we will ever know!

Insight: "The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children." (Romans 8:16)

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