As a teenager, I moved to California with my mom and sister. Since we didn’t have any family nearby, a lady from our church invited us into her family for Christmas Eve dinner.
It was a family celebration. I remember the woman’s mom being there, and her grown children; probably around 8 of her family members in all, and then us.
At first I felt uncomfortable. This was someone else’s family, their traditions, their home…I didn’t even know them; I didn’t belong.
I thought everyone else must be thinking the same thing, “Who are these strangers at our family’s Christmas Eve dinner?”
Then I took a look around and realized I was the only one who felt this way.
On the table was a handmade place card (a small ornament) with my name on it. Under the tree were a couple of gifts with my name as well.
They had planned for me, prepared room for me, and included me in everything.
I had been invited in and embraced as one of the family.
This experience gave me a little glimpse into what it is like to be part of God’s family.
Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, we have been adopted into God’s family.
“He predestined us for adoption to Himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will,” Ephesians 1:5
Do you see what it says in Ephesians? He predestined us for adoption. He chose us! He wanted us to be part of His family so desperately, He sent His son to earth to die in order to make sure we were included.
3 Reasons to Celebrate Being a Child of God
As part of God’s family, Jesus plans for us to live with Him for eternity.
“In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” John 14: 2-3
We already have a room in our Father’s house. Jesus prepared it, and perhaps your name is written on the door.
As adopted children we are also promised an inheritance.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,” 1 Peter 1: 3-4
Matthew Henry explains, “This inheritance is not our purchase, but our Father’s gift; not wages that we merit, but the effect of grace…”
We do not deserve this inheritance. We have done nothing to earn it. It is purely and simply a gift from our adopted Father.
It also comes with a wonderful promise; our inheritance is secure because it is in heaven.
We may lose things here on earth, in fact, we may lose everything; but our inheritance in heaven “will never perish, spoil, or fade.”
Sometimes I wonder if I will enter heaven feeling similar to how I felt that Christmas Eve, uncomfortable, and like I don’t belong. After all, I am just an adopted daughter and don’t deserve the full inheritance of Jesus Christ.
But then I think of these promises. I imagine being led to my room, seeing my name on the door, and Jesus saying, yes sister, you are one of us, we have been waiting for you to arrive.
Can you picture it for yourself?
Give it a try and rejoice in this truth today.