In love, he (God) predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.” Eph. 1:5-6

Jesus speaking: “I will not leave you as orphans.” John 14:18

 “You are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.” Gal. 4:7

Heavenly Father, it is an incomparable joy to begin our work-week remembering, relishing, and resting in our “sonship.” Even before you created the world, you made an irrepressible commitment to adopt a family to love—as numerous as stars, sand, and dust. You didn’t have to, but you were overwhelming glad to. Hallelujah!

The plan was easy, but the cost was incalculable. Father, you only have one “begotten” Son, Jesus; but sharing your joy and celebrating your plan, Jesus came into our world to do for us what we could never do for ourselves. Hallelujah!

We’re not choice, we’re chosen. We don’t have potential; we have grave need. You didn’t give us a 2nd chance; you gave us the 2nd Adam—Jesus. By his perfect life and substitutionary death, we are now known, loved, and enriched beyond all calculation and imagination. Hallelujah!

No longer slaves to sin and death and no longer spiritual orphans, you now love each of your children as much as you love Jesus—astonishing. And we are co-heirs with Jesus of everything—as though we ourselves were the first-born son. Hallelujah!

Father, by the “spirit of sonship”—God the Holy Spirit, continue to make our “sonship” more precious and real, than anything and everything else. In Jesus’ name we pray—with awe and gratitude.