God is the One who made all thins, and all things are for His glory. He wanted to have many children share His glory – Hebrews 2:10a
God wants a family and He created us to be a part of it! Ephesians 1:5 tells us, “His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by sending Jesus Christ to die for us.” God is love, and He treasures relationships. James 1: 18 says, “And it was a happy day for him when 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.” Yes, God created every human, but not everyone is in God’s family. To get into His family, you have to give your life to Christ. Galatians 3:26 confirms this: “For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.”
I am blessed to come from a great family – mom and dad’s side, but I understand that this is a temporary placement. Our spiritual family lasts forever, throughout all eternity.
Benefits of being in God’s family:
Your inheritance is great! Galatians 4:7 says, “since you are his child everything He has belongs to you.” We have direct access to our daddy. On earth we are given the riches of His patience, glory, wisdom, kindness, riches, and glorious inheritance – which means we eventually get to be with God forever, and when this life passes, we become free from hurt, pain, suffering, etc.
Baptism: Identifying with God’s family: Baptism, for those in the family of God is not optional. I Corinthians 12:13 – “Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, (Catholics, Pentecostals, Baptists, Protestants, Evangelicals, Anglicans…) some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit. Faith in God is what welcomes you into His family, but baptism is a way to rid yourself of all religious titles and outwardly show you are part of God’s family. Your parent’s faith is non-transferable, so even if you were baptized as a baby, you can get re-baptized when you personally, and without force say, “I believe and place my faith in God the father, Jesus the son, and the Holy Spirit.”
Baptism is like a wedding band – you put it on to show that you’re married. Baptism is not a requirement for entrance to heaven – the sinner who was crucified alongside Jesus was accepted into heaven without being baptized, but you should seek to be baptized immediately if you haven’t done so yet, as Jesus commanded it!
Life’s greatest privilege: Hebrews 2:11 says, “Jesus and the people He makes holy all belong to the same family. That is why he isn’t ashamed to call them his brothers and sisters.” You are a part of God’s family through Jesus who has made you holy! Whenever you feel neglected, unimportant, or unloved, remember whom you belong to! You’re a son/ daughter of God!
Food for thought: How can I start treating other believers like members of my own family?