Theme of the Week: Being an Excellent Dad
Bible Verse: “The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’” Romans 8:15
Scripture Reading: Galatians 4:1-7
Our son Liam is adopted. When he was young, we were filling out forms for his Social Insurance Number. We came across the line that said, “Birth Parents.” Unsure about what to do, we contacted our social worker.
She informed us that once the adoption was complete, we would be able to sign the form. She then said this: “Through the adoption, it will be as if Liam was always your son.”
What an amazing picture of what takes place when we are adopted as God’s sons! It is as if we were always his son. You may have heard that in becoming a Christian, the slate of our lives are wiped clean by forgiveness. But I would say that as adopted sons of God, the slate is completely gone. It is as if it never existed.
Paul was right when he wrote, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; the old is gone, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
So it doesn’t matter what your past was like. It doesn’t matter if you had a good role model or not. It just doesn’t matter. As a disciple of Christ, you have a completely new identity as His son. The old is gone.
No doubt you will wrestle with things that were done or said to you in your past. But as God’s son, they no longer have power over you. They are gone, the root of them totally eradicated.
You now stand in the position of God’s son with a totally new identity that frees you to live in the fullness of life as Jesus promised you. And as a result, you can be a great dad to your children.
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