“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” John 14:18
Daily Devotional Series
Grace & Truth Day 14
Reading: John 14
Please take the time to read this chapter. It is full of key verses.
For today, I want to talk to you about adoption. We are not orphans left to feel alone, abandoned, or rejected. In chapter one, John wrote, “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” (v. 12).
The evangelist Nicky Gumbel wrote: “First of all, there is no higher privilege that should be a child of God. Under Roman law, if an adult wanted an heir he could either choose one of his own sons or adopt a son. God has only one begotten son, Jesus, but he has many adopted sons and daughters…
“Billy Ray was a drunken and loose-living miner from Cornwall, England, born in 1794. He was always getting involved in fights and domestic quarrels. At the age of 29 he became a Christian. He went home and told his wife, “You will never see me drunk again, by the help of the Lord.” She never did. His words, his tone, and his looks had magnetic power. He was charged with divine electricity. Crowds of miners would come and hear him preach. Many were converted and there were some remarkable healings. He was always praising God and saying that he had abundant reason to rejoice. He described himself as a young prince. He was the adopted son of God, the King of kings, and therefore he was a prince, already possessing royal rights and privileges. His favorite expression was, “I am the son of a king.”
“Once we know our status, we realize that there is no status in the world that even compares with the privilege of being a child of the Creator of the universe.” © 2003 Alpha, Questions of Life