They shall be mine and I will spare them as parents spare their children who serve them. Malachi 3:17
He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will.
From an article in Christian Digest quoted in Julie Saffrin’s book, Kissing the Shoreline, Quotes and Reflections to Live By: “Longfellow could take a worthless sheet of paper, write a poem on it, and make it worth $6,000—that’s genius. Rockefeller could sign his name to a piece of paper and make it worth a million dollars—that’s capital. Uncle Sam can take gold, stamp an eagle on it, and make it worth $50—that’s money. A mechanic can take material that is worth only $5 and make it worth $50—that’s skill. An artist can take a piece of canvas, paint a picture on it, and make it worth $1,000—that’s art. God can take a worthless, sinful life, wash it is the blood of Christ, put His Spirit in it, and make it a blessing to humanity—that’s salvation.”
Everyone of us who believes is the benefactor of this gift of God. In his infinite love God adopted us as his own child and claimed us as his treasured possession. His son, Jesus, was sacrificed to spare us from the punishment that we deserve. What a treasure to carry in our hearts—the blessed assurance that we are his and that he has prepared a place for us in heaven. May we feel the awesomeness of this gift and share this blessing with others.
Dear Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,
Thank you for adopting us as your children. We can hardly comprehend what a wonderful gift it is to be your children, and yet we carry this assurance in our hearts throughout the good and the difficult times in our lives. We commit ourselves to your safekeeping. Make us instruments of your blessing to others. Amen.