So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.
I love the beauty of the Gospel message. The “Good News” that can transform lives. As I said this past Sunday, the Gospel is not about slapping Jesus’ name on a group of people who already have everything in common. The Gospel is powerful in that it can take people who have absolutely nothing in common and unite them under the banner of God’s relentless love. So while we may come from different backgrounds and ethnicities, we are all part of the same family. Paul declares that we have all been adopted by God. The Apostle Peter says it this way in 1 Peter 2:10:
“Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.”
Isn’t that beautiful? We were lost and living apart from God. Orphans with no identity. But God who is rich in mercy loved us and adopted us. He called us His own. And now we call Him ABBA (Aramaic for “Daddy”). That means we are family. We don’t serve God out of fear (we are not slaves Paul says). No. God is our good and loving Father. We serve Him and love Him because He first loved us (1 John 4:19). It is a gift to live in community because it constantly calls us back to what God has done for us. When you look at the face of your brother and sister from your church family, may you be reminded of God’s gracious act of adopting us into His family.
Today I want to do something different. Rather than have you read a lengthy spill about God calling us His sons and daughters, I want to share a video with you. I have two good friends that are a part of this story. Chris Lindberg is the pastor of Life Fellowship Church in Allen. He is a phenomenal leader who has greatly influenced my life. Chris and I have been friends for more than thirteen years. One of the members of Chris’ church is a man named Bill Wegener. I have known Bill for close to fifteen years. He has one of the most amazing life stories you will ever hear! Will you take six minutes and watch the Vimeo video link below? I promise that you will be blessed by the testimony of this dear brother in the Lord. I shared it with our students last night at Verve Youth Church. The impact was visible.
Maybe you are reading this today and you are not a Christian. Maybe you have been curious about God but have never entered into a personal relationship with Him. Maybe the scars of life have left you feeling like God would never want you. Will you please watch Bill’s story? If you have questions after watching, please contact me at my personal email firstname.lastname@example.org
Grace and peace to you today. http://vimeo.com/115226095