Thought for the week by Paul J Sharkey

by Struthers Cumbernauld

But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name,
he gave the right to become children of God. John 1:12 (ESV)

It is breathtaking to think what God has included in Salvation for the Christian. Forgiveness of our sins, with all that entails, is immense in itself and a cause of gratitude from our hearts for all of eternity, but that is not all our God has for us, not by a long way. Included in Salvation is the adoption as children into the family of God with all that that means. A child, legally adopted, has conferred on them all the rights of inheritance within the family as if they had been in that family from their birth. So it is with the Christian. In taking Christ into our hearts and taking Him, not only as our Saviour, but also, as our Lord, He then adopts us as children into His family, not as a prodigal son who would have been happy to be merely a servant, as long as he could only be within his father's house, but as a lost child found: a son come home – someone who actually brings gladness to the home by entering it.
When Jesus said to His disciples, “I no longer call you servants, ...but I have called you my friends.” He elevated them from being acquaintances to being close and valued colleagues; and what reason does Jesus give for doing this? It is because He has shared everything the Father had shown Him with them. The same revelation God opened to Jesus, the Son of God, is now open to us as children of God. Utterly, breathtaking indeed.