“I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave, though he is the owner of everything, but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father. In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’ So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.” Galatians 4:1-7
As we prepare to celebrate Father’s Day this week, I wanted to pause and remember our adoption into the family of God. Those whom God has called to Himself are adopted and are children of God. What a wonder that is. Being a part of a church is not like a social club or any other organization of the world. It is a spiritual family. We are the family of God.
We need to remember that corporate nature to our faith in a world that tends to prize individualism. I encourage you now that we are able to gather for worship and fellowship to take advantage of the time that we are able to have together. In 2020, I often reminded us that we should not take the church for granted. Take the time now to spend with God’s people. Not just on the Lord’s Day but other days of the week as well.
Coming up on Sunday we will have a fellowship meal. We can feast upon God’s Word in worship and then feast together around a table enjoying one another’s company. Plan now to attend. And today give thanks to the Lord that you have been adopted into His family.