God wants us to be part of His family. “See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him.” (1 John 3:1 NLT) “And it was a happy day for him when[a] he gave us our new lives through the truth of his Word, and we became, as it were, the first children in his new family.” (James 1:18 TLB) It says His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. The Bible says God also “adopts” us. (Romans 8:15, 23, Galatians 4:5, Ephesians 1:5) The invitation to be part of God’s family is universal, but there is one condition: faith in Jesus. The Bible says, “You are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.” (Mark 8:34, Acts 2:21, Romans 10:13, 2 Peter 3:9)
What are the benefits of being part of God’s family? First, you were set free from the power of Darkness. (Colossians 1:13) Second, we will be completely changed to be like Christ. Third spiritual authority and the armor of God. (Joshua 1:5-9 NIV; Ephesians 6) Fourth, we will be freed from all pain, death, and suffering. Family is a place of grace, where mistakes aren’t rubbed in but rubbed out. Family happens when mercy wins over justice. (Psalms 133:1 TEV) God intends for family to experience life together.
Discover more in this teaching by Pastor Joel Pagett.