October 18 Sermon Excerpt

God loves us as His sons or daughters not because of anything that we’ve done, but because of everything that Jesus has done for us. 

If you’re a Christian, you have been adopted into God's family. This adoption is not because you’ve earned anything, but simply because God loves you.  He loves you!  Don’t forget that…you identity rests in the love of the Father!

I have a friend and he and his wife several years ago adopted a son.  And when the son was of age to explain that he was adopted, one of the things my friend said to his boy was, “Son, your mom and dad love you. We could have chosen any child, but we chose you because we wanted you.”  What a sweet picture...

Listen, God has chosen you because He wanted you. He wanted you because He loves you.  Yes, you! You have a loving heavenly Father!  Paul said to the Galatians and he says to us: You are sons (and daughters), God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba, Father’” (Galatians 4:6).  We have done nothing to receive this gift, it is God’s grace and love freely given to us.  

There were no hoops to jump through.  There were no rules to follow.  There were no fights for acceptance or approval.  Becoming God’s son or daughter, was an act of faith, it was receiving the love and grace of Jesus.  We were dead in our sin, but He rescued us, but even more He has made us a part of His family.  Don’t forget this…  

At one point you were separated from Him, you’re identity was as a sinner, but no more. Maybe you're still separated from God, your sin still defines you.  That’s how you know yourself.  That’s how others know you.  Go to Jesus this morning.  Surrender your life to Him...

When we have a relationship with God, when He adopts us into His family, we are able to call Him, “Abba.” Paul wrote that in verse 6, he uses the word “Abba.” Abba is like calling God, “Dad.”  We don’t call random people dad, no that would be weird and you'd creep a lot of people out... We call our dad, “dad,” because we have a relationship with Him.  

Abba in Biblical times was a term of love and affection.  It carried with it the sense of confidence, loyalty and trust.  In God the Father you have a loving Father.  You have a Father who has been, who is, and who will be forever faithful, loving, trustworthy and compassionate.  Don’t forget your identity rests in Him.