Scripture Reference – Romans 8:10-16 (Amplified)
One of the greatest things about going after God is being adopted into His family. Imagine for a second living in the time of kings. Most people living in those days were not of royal descent. There was no “great blood” flowing through their veins. To all, they were known only as commoners. Place yourself in the middle of the market on a busy day. People going here and there and out of nowhere the king himself singles you out of the crowd. He calls you by name with a booming voice and says, “From this day forward you will carry the name of my house. You will carry my authority and everything I have is yours.” How would you respond? What would happen in your heart? Would you live your life the same as you did when your title was the commoner? I think not. You would not walk the same, talk the same or speak the same. I believe you would change your whole life. No longer would life be common. No longer would you feel insignificant and small. This is exactly what Jesus came to earth to do. To die for your sin so that you could have the same blood, the very DNA of the King of Kings in your veins. He died to bring you into His family. He has given us all a mission and the tools to accomplish it.
Verse 14-15 of Romans chapter 8 states this, “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For [the Spirit which] you have now received [is] not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption [the Spirit producing sonship] in [the bliss of] which we cry, Abba (Father)! Father!
The greek word adoption (Ὑιοθεσία) comes from the combination of two other greek words, (υἱός) son and (θέσις) a setting or placing: the placing of one in the position of a son. This actually comes from a Roman principle. In Charles Merrivale’s The Conversion of the Roman Empire he states, “The process of legal adoption by which the chosen heir became entitled not only to the reversion of the property but to the civil status, to the burdens as well as the rights of the adopter – became, as it were, his other self, one with him… this too is a Roman principle, peculiar at this time to the Romans, unknown, I believe, to the Greeks, unknown, to all appearance, to the Jews, as it certainly is not found in the legislation of Moses, nor mentioned anywhere as a usage among the children of the covenant. We have but a faint conception of the force with which such an illustration would speak to one familiar with the Roman practice; how it would serve to impress upon him the assurance that the adopted son of God becomes, in a peculiar and intimate sense, one with the heavenly Father” (Merivale, 1864)
How amazing is this! God paid the price through Jesus Christ to adopt you as an heir! How does that make you feel?! This is an important part of your everyday life. The King of Kings is the best of big brothers! When the enemy picks on you in the playground of life tell Him you’re going to tell your Big Brother! Know who you are in the Kingdom of God. Go to your heavenly Father with boldness, as a son, as a daughter. There is nothing that He cannot overcome. If you have the Spirit of God in you, you are a Son of God! You are in a Royal Family. Fulfill His mission for you with this in mind. No longer are you a commoner! No longer do you have to be alone! No longer do you have to feel insignificant. The King of Kings has called you by name! He has a plan and a purpose for you and He has placed you in the royal family of God. The best family there is!
Merivale, C. (1864). The conversion of the Roman Empire: Merivale, Charles, 1808-1893: Retrieved April 02, 2017, from https://archive.org/details/theconversionoft00meriuoft
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