“Having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, According to the good pleasure of His will.” — Ephesians 1:5
Recently I visited the old neighborhood and I was reminiscing and missing the “old days.” I even ran into an old friend who I haven’t seen in over 30 years. As we chatted, I realized a lot has happened in that 30 year period, but as I told my story I got his attention when I said I was adopted about 25 years ago. He looked at me strangely because for one thing he knew my family, and the other question was “who gets adopted when they’re 30 years old?”
This opened up my opportunity to share my conversion unto Christ. I bragged about how great my new family was and how my new Dad was the best Dad of all. How He always knows what to say and has never steered me wrong. Inside I was getting goose bumps as I was reliving my life in Christ, I said “In Him” I have been redeemed and totally forgiven, I am no longer rejected and having made known to me the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself. Then I told him about my security and inheritance, In Him I also trusted, after I heard the word of truth, the gospel of my salvation; in whom also, having believed, I was sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of my inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.
So basically I gave him the Ephesians chapter 1 portion of the “Family Affairs.” I started to get a little preachy I guess, because after a while he said “well, it was really good catching up, but I gotta go.” At first I thought to myself “that was a waste” but then realized I just renewed my identity and refreshed my walk with Jesus, not to mention planting a seed. That incident gave me a reminder of who I am in Christ and how thankful I am for the new family I have, and my future and hope.
I moved from longing for the old days to looking forward to what God has in store for me. I began to pray for my old friends and family who still haven’t trusted in Jesus and, although their current earthly family is loving and accepting, it fails in comparison to my Heavenly Father and the family of God.
So, are you familiar with the “Family Affairs?” Maybe a trip down Ephesians will be a good reminder of what we have as believers in Christ. Oh, and don’t forget about our upcoming Banquet…Amen!
Written by Rob Russomano: Rob Russomano is married to Terri, he is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a full time staff member. He is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daily Quote: “The Spiritual Life is the gift of the Living Spirit. The spiritual man is no mere development of the Natural man. He is a New Creation born from Above.”
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.
2 Corinthians 4:15