Romans 8:12‭-‬13‭, ‬15‭-‬17 – Adoption

So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
~ Romans 8:12‭-‬13‭, ‬15‭-‬17 ESV

This passage speaks volumes of our position in the family of Christ. I was adopted by my parents when I was eight days old. They raised me, and loved me as if we shared the same blood line. I am their son. They took the bad and good that came with me.

When I became a Christian I was also adopted into the family of God. When you are adopted you take that family name, you also take on the culture of that family. Some of that can be good and some could be bad. I tried to be the best son I could be. Sure I let my mom and dad down. When I did make wrong decision and got in trouble, what hurt the most was not the punishment, it was knowing that I let my folks down. The one thing I never questioned is the love that my folks have for me.

As a follower of Christ the same things apply. I’m a part of the greatest family of all. It can be hard to live up to the standard that this family has set. It is a daily goal for my life to live up to this standard that was set by Christ. When I fail I know that there will consequences for my my bad decisions. Knowing that I let my Heavenly Father down is the worst part. Like I said earlier, I never question His love, a love that I cannot earn. A love that was given to me at the cross.

David Culp, Sr.

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