Wanted

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Devotional

Ambitiously Adopted

God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. 

Ephesians 1:5(NLT)

As a child, I had many questions because I was not raised by my biological parents. Therefore, I struggled with not feeling like I belonged for most of my childhood and was always surrounded by constant reminders. There was an unspoken distinction that lingered like an elephant in the room and it grew with time. My efforts to gain affection increased as well. I aimed to work hard in school and make good grades because I thought it would earn more love. Eventually, I came to realize that it didn't matter. Don't get me wrong my grandparents did the best they could and I am very grateful for all they have done for me. I know they love me and I love them without a shadow of a doubt. However, I needed verbal reassurance growing up. Although they provided for me, I needed to hear them say they wanted me there.

Naturally, parents don't get to choose their children. However, they do in adoption. God chose us when He adopted us. The idea of being separated from us was too much for Him to bear. He was determined to make a way and seal the deal.  Jesus was the remedy. Jesus was the way. Our adoption into God's divine family is a reflection of His deep love for us. It's the seal of our Father's approval.

And, "I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters", says the Lord Almighty. 

2 Cor. 6:18 

I have come to know that there is no amount of hard work we can do to gain His affections or approval. As Ephesians 1:5 states, God wanted us and it gave Him pleasure to adopt us. We don't have to wonder whether or not He loves us. His love is evident in every breath we take. It is in the beautiful majesty of His creation we behold each day we open our eyes. His love is in the gentle kiss of a spouse and child. He sings His love song to us throughout the day while encouraging our hearts with His truth and provision. Let us be fully persuaded that we are the most wanted part of the creation and nothing can separate us from His great love. (Rom. 8:38-39) 

If you ever feel rejected or unloved, remind yourself that you are God's choice and there is a place for you in His kingdom. All you have to do is accept His love and invitation into His divine family. When we walk in the full acceptance and awareness of His love, our lives are changed. We can change the lives of others by sharing His real love with them. Beloved, be sure to live every day with the confidence that you are WANTED and loved by the Almighty God.

We were Ambitiously Adopted!