You are a Son. You are a Daughter.

Ephesians 1:5

“he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will…”

One of the great things about knowing I am called a son by our Father is that I can walk with more confidence and security. I am loved. I am wanted. Adoption by definition means, “legally take another’s child and bring it up as one’s own.” Christ has taken you in and full claims you as his own. He wants you.

It’s one thing to read the scripture above, but to walk in the truth of what it says about you is another. I get that. Sometimes there are several layers that we need to work through to get down to the place where this truth can impact our hearts. I want to give you something to start with to begin to let the crusty layers of false identity fall off to reveal who you are to let the Holy Spirit minister to you.

Begin with Prayer

The beauty of adoption is that God already picked you out as His own. As a son/daughter, you live and act from complete rest in His embrace. This week, spend time each day listening to worship music and  soaking in God’s loving presence. Begin your worship time by reading Zephaniah 3:17. Listen for what He is saying — and singing — over you. When you are done, ask the Holy Spirit what plans, purposes, and power He wants to activate in you.

Then Declare

Each day this week, declare these truths over yourself.

  1. I am a child of God, and I am connected to the Father in Heaven (EPH. 1:5).
  2. I have been adopted and made completely acceptable to God (EPH. 1:6-7).
  3. As God’s son/daughter, I live and do all things in loving partnership with Him according to His plans, purposes, and good pleasure (EPH. 1:9-10).

As God is speaking to you, write it down and share it with someone. I would love to hear about it! If you are snuggling with accepting love, please let me or a leader know and we would love to talk with you more.

Live It Out

Paul instructs the Roman church, “Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love” (ROM. 12:10). Because of adoption, the Church is more than a group of people released from what we deserved — we’re placed in loving family together! It is imperative that adoption not only affect the way we see ourselves in Christ but also the way we love and show preference for our brothers and sisters. We have to demonstrate family to one another!