Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness.(Colossians 3:5)
In ancient Rome, adoption was occasionally used by the emperors to pass on succession to competent heirs. Augustus Caesar was adopted by his great-uncle Julius Caesar. Other notable adoptees include the emperors Tiberius, Trajan, and Hadrian. All of them proved to be strong rulers because each lived like a child of his adoptive father.
Every Christian is an adopted child of the King of kings. We are greatly indebted to Him for His favor. But God, who has everything, does not need us to repay Him.
What does God desire? He wants us to live in a way that befits His children. Activities and values that are not in keeping with our position as God’s children must be done away with (Col. 3:5). Selfish and destructive ways are to be replaced by activities and values that showcase our gratitude and love for God and reflect our status as His children. Paul wrote, “Put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering” (v.12).
Can others around you tell that you are indeed a child of the King? Ask the Holy Spirit what you need to put off and put on in your life so that you can reflect more truly your status as God’s adopted child.
Dear Lord help us to honor your matchless name when we call you as our Father and enable us to live like Your children.Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
I once was an outcast stranger on earth, a sinner by choice and an alien by birth; but I’ve been adopted, my name’s written down— An heir to a mansion, a robe, and a crown.
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church