Adopted: Representatives of God's Family

 
Representing God's Family
 

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On each Friday in the month of March, we will be talking about our adoption by our Heavenly Father. Each article in this series will be in our Simply Series format. You can expect a few verses, a short devotional, and a question or two at the end. The Adopted series is preparing us for our 35-day series called, Simply Living Like Royalty.

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Adopted: Representatives of God's Family

Living Fruit-Bearing Lives

Read Colossians 1:9-14

Have you ever noticed how much love Paul put into all of his writing? He wrote letter after letter to churches all across the known-world encouraging the believers in that location to take hold of the truth of the gospel of Christ and to run with it. When we dig in deeper, do you notice how constantly encouraging and loving he truly was? The early believers didn't do everything correctly, just like believers today. Some had troubles letting go of the world and living as representatives of a world to come. 

In this particular prayer, we see Paul encouraging the church in Colossae to "walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God..." Know God. Know Him better in this moment than you did in the last. Then, live in a way that truly honors God. Jesus put it like this, that the world will know that we are His followers by our love. 

Related Reads: Adopted by God full series

Do you see it? There's a completely different standard of love and a completely different standard for living when our eternal home is Heaven. 

  • Walk in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ (Phil 1:27)

  • Present our bodies to God as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1)

  • Live by the Spirit and bear fruit (Galatians 5:22-23)

  • Increase in our knowledge of God (Hebrews 8:11)

What encourages me the most is that Paul is encouraging his brothers and sisters, fellow children of God, to dig deeper into the faith, into their status as a citizen of Heaven and a child of God, and into their own understanding of God. He encourages them to know God deeper and to commit even deeper to living out their lives as God's children. This is what a representative of God's family looks like! It's not competing against our brothers and sisters, but encouraging them, with love, to spend more time with our Father and to walk in obedience to our Father. 

Are you encouraging your brothers and sisters (fellow children of God) to do the same? Are you praying for God's family here on earth? How can we be more like Paul (and more like Jesus) to the world around us?

Question:

  • What are you praying for when it comes to your brothers and sisters in Christ?


 

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