And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” 7 Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of[b] God through Christ.” Gal. 4:6
With all due respect, I ask you: Who’s your daddy?
Where does your sense of belonging come from? Do you ever feel alone?
Working with orphans over the years, I have come to understand the importance of belonging and ownership. I was blessed to be born to parents who stuck around, and I have had both in my life as a support system ever since. This has helped to give me a sense of security. As a child, I knew I belonged to them. As an adult, they are still my parents. That has never changed, it’s only developed throughout the years.
When a child has no sense of belonging, they will look for it elsewhere.
God shows us His love by choosing us to be His children.
This means that we belong, our names are found in His Will. We are brought into His household, dearly loved and valuable. No matter what we act like, that adoption stands. I know children who have been adopted, and even though sometimes they act out, the parents haven’t sent them back. They belong, and their parents will continue to love them and show them that they are part of their family now. In the same way, God will continue to love us as His children when we are born again.
Sometimes we may forget whose we are, and who we are in light of that, but He never does; and He patiently disciplines and unconditionally loves us through our times of stubborn rebellion.
If you feel rejected today, take heart. God doesn’t reject you. He proved it by adopting you, rescuing you from your orphanage of sin, and giving you His character and spirit.
I wish the whole world could understand this! So many want to stay in poverty, in abandonment and rejection, while this great God longs to be their Father and bring them into His family.
When we come to salvation, the God of all creation writes His name upon our hearts. He adopts us, grafts us into His family, and defines us as His children. We belong to Him. We share in His inheritance. We are given the rights of His royalty.
This world tells us we are valuable according to who we are. They tell us to have self esteem. God says we are valuable, so valuable that He bought us to be His beloved children. Those who come to Him become sons and daughters of the Most High God. That is true value, based not upon our goodness or efforts, but solely upon His great love for us.
I know who my Daddy is. I hope you do too!