Devotional for Thursday September 24th

Good Morning Everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “You are loved”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “For he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in love before him. He predestined us to be adopted as sons through Jesus Christ for himself, according to the good pleasure of his will.” Ephesians 1:4-5 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “Adoption is a great act of love.”
 
I have four adopted children. The two oldest are from my wife’s first marriage. They needed a daddy and they wanted my name, so I adopted them. Then Linda and I adopted two babies together from Korea. So, all four of my children are adopted, and that makes them extra-special.
 
Having biological children is a natural process that often even occurs unintentionally. But adoption is different. Much different. Adoption is intentional and difficult. You have to really want that child in order to go through the process. There are applications to complete, interviews to go through, and home inspections to submit to. The process involves administrators, social workers, clerks, lawyers, and judges. It is difficult and it takes a long time. And, it is expensive. Sometimes very expensive. If you are going to adopt a child you will have to really want that child in order to submit to everything you will have to go through for it to happen.
 
Adoption is an act of supreme love. It is proof of a parent’s love. The ultimate example of love like that was shown to us by God when he adopted us into His heavenly family. The process of making that happen was infinitely more difficult and more costly than that of human parents adopting a human baby. For God to adopt us into His family, Jesus had to die on a cross. The price was extraordinary.
 
But to God it was worth it. You were worth it. He loves you so much, and He wants you in heaven with Him so badly, that there was no price too high, no process too complicated, no effort too extreme, in order complete the adoption and bring you into His family.
 
God loves you. He loves you more than you realize, more than you can understand. Your adoption into His family is proof of His love for you.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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