Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 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 for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
Written by: Sarah Gauer
From the day I was born, people have said that I look like my dad. I have his eyes, dark brown hair, and olive skin tone. I carry with me clear evidence that we are father and daughter. As a follower of Jesus, I am not only a daughter of an earthly father but of the Heavenly Father as well. Sometimes, though, without a physical resemblance as evidence, it can be easy to forget this spiritual heredity. I can find myself operating as an employee, trying to earn His love, grace, and favor rather than as a daughter who has already been given these things.
The verses above teach us that God predestined our adoption into His family as sons and daughters through Jesus Christ. This means that before He ever created the world, before we bore any resemblance to Him, or had the ability to even try to earn His acceptance, our loving Father chose us to be in a parent-child relationship with Him, through Jesus.
As we make the decision to follow Him, we are blessed with “every spiritual blessing in Christ.” This includes the pouring out of His Holy Spirit on us. We may not always feel as though we belong to God, but Romans 8:16 tells us that “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.” The inward presence of the Holy Spirit reminds us of who we are, of Whose we are, and, as we allow ourselves to be led by Him whispers to us, “You look just like your Dad.”
Thought of the day: The presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives is like a mirror showing us the evidence of our heritage in God’s family. If you struggle to see yourself as a child of God or to believe His love for you personally, ask the Holy Spirit to help you connect with Him.
Prayer: Father God, thank You for choosing me to be Your child, and for extending all of the spiritual blessings to me that come with that. Holy Spirit, guide me today and help me to recognize God’s love for me as an individual child of His. In Jesus’ name, amen.