Did you know that you're a member of a Royal Family? Although it may seem like a bit of a stretch from where you are now, when people accept Jesus as their Lord and Saviour, they become heirs of the Kingdom! They are princes and princesses, so they won't be without any good thing. It's true! Look it up in Philippians 4:19. What a family you're part of!
It's really important to remember how you were adopted in the first place. It's really important to remember you didn't earn it. It was given freely to you by grace. Can you imagine a nice couple rocking up to an adoption agency, saying, 'We'd love to take on dear little Joe and Susie, but first: do they have a house, money for education, a ride to school in the morning and clothes to wear every day?' The adoption agency would say, 'Hold on a minute. You're not adopting them because of what they have, but because of what they need: love, hope, a home and a future.'
If you didn't get adopted by your efforts you can't lose it through poor performance, either. How reassuring is that? And how loved are you!
So what now? Look at Romans 8:14-16 and then do with those words what it says in Proverbs 7:3, 'Write them - God's words - on the tablet of your heart.'
SoulFood: Obadiah, Malachi 1-4, Mark 9:30-37, Ps 18:1-29, Pr 12:23-24
The Word For You Today (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by RBG New Zealand. 2011 UCB International Ltd