No Longer Orphans

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The idea of any child being unloved and alone stirs strong emotions within us. None of us want to think that any child would be orphaned. But the truth is, before we come into a relationship with Jesus we are orphans—spiritual orphans.

When we accept Christ, we are adopted into God’s family. We are no longer orphans searching desperately for a home. We have been given a new identity. We are now called children of God! Being children of God means God is our Father, and He loves us unconditionally.

In God’s family, we begin to develop His mannerisms and characteristics. As adopted children, we are to imitate God, our Father, by doing and saying what He does and says. Just like a child imitates his or her parents, we are called to be and act increasingly more like our Heavenly Father every day. This transformation happens as we spend time with God and come to know Him better.

When people look at your life, can they tell you are a child of God? Can they see the characteristics of Christ in your life? How hard would they have to look to find anything that ties you to Him? As you live your life as a child of God, look for ways to show your gratitude for His love by imitating Him.

As you engage with God’s word:

● What is God saying to you?

● What does it mean to you?

● What action step do you need to take?

After you reflect on these questions, bring everything to God in prayer.

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