Scripture for Today: Romans 8:15 “The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by Him we cry, ‘Abba Father.'”
I was surprised to learn the circumstances surrounding the birth of my friend’s latest grandchild. After the death of her four year old son, her daughter’s empty arms were again filled with a sweet precious baby girl. She had given birth to her adopted “snowflake baby!” This amazing miracle was the result of a frozen embryo left over from the in vitro fertilization procedure of others. This sweet little girl had been a frozen embryo for eleven years and finally was brought into a warm loving family!
Today’s verse speaks of another kind of adoption. This one comes through God’s Spirit and makes us children of God (verse 16). Before our adoption, we might as well have been a frozen embryo as true and abundant life only happens through Him. We were spiritually dead because of our sin, but He has made us alive! (Eph. 2:5) This relationship is not one of fearful servanthood but of a close emotionally satisfying bond. As His adopted kids, we call our Father, “Daddy.”
Life is a precious gift. But how much more precious are our lives when we belong to Him! His Spirit reassures my heart that I am chosen, planned for and loved. Because it is a work of His powerful Spirit, I am forever in His family. There is no fear in that perfect familial love (I John 4:18). I will always be His and He will always be mine! His is a love that is faithful and cannot cease. What an amazing truth, one I can and do make an unshakeable foundation to my life!
Thank you, Daddy.