What?!? To become part of God’s family, I have to be adopted?
Yes. God’s Word is clear about who can claim to be a child of God in John 1:11-12.
“He (Jesus, God’s only true Son, the Light of the World) came to His own (the Jews), and those who were His own did not receive him.
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.”
Wait, God loves every person, right?
Yes. God loved so much He gave up His only Son to die. Why? So when I believe in
Jesus I can have eternal life. John 3:16
But, why was Jesus’ death necessary?
While God loves, He also is a Just Judge and sin has a consequence – separation from His
holiness, i.e. spiritual death. Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23
God loves me while I am still a sinner – running away from Him. He sent His Son to die,
taking the punishment for me. Romans 5:8
What does God want me to do?
King Jesus summarizes the response He is looking for in Mark 1:14-15.
After John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand;
repent and believe the gospel.”
That’s it? Just believe?
Yes and no. To repent means a change of direction, to turn around. So, I turn from running
away from God to running toward Him, believing He is and that He has sent Jesus to
purchase my pardon from sin.
That belief is more than a passing fancy or intellectual assent; it is a conviction that
God’s plan is true and that I can trust Him with my life. I decide to follow Jesus.
So, when I act on God’s promise and believe and receive Jesus, I become God’s adopted child?
Yes. You are a child of the King, adopted into His family, a co-heir with Christ Jesus,
and much more…
This is why CEF reaches out to young children, continually sharing God’s message of salvation wherever they are – in schools, in backyards, parks – so they can be adopted into God’s forever family through faith in Jesus, the Savior.
Only then can they know purpose and peace as He walks with them now, and will welcome them home in Heaven one day.
Contributed by Martha Clouse, CEFP Area Coordinator