FRIDAY, MARCH 1
Scripture: Ephesians 1:5-6a
Ephesians 1:5 says, “…having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace,…” Adoption is the Greek word hwee-oth-es-ee-ah. It is a compound word that comes from hwe-os, which is the Greek word for ‘sons’. The other part of the word means, ‘to select or to place;’ Adoption is more than approval. In adoption God chooses us with a purpose and the adoption places us in His family with a specific mandate and calling. That calling was ordained and established before the foundations of the earth. We have a God-ordained niche, mission and metron, through relationship with Him. That involves making a contribution to His Kingdom. It really is quite a process. It is our adoption that makes the prayer Jesus prayed in John 17:21-23 possible. Being truly family with the Father opens up the oneness, the glory and the unity that qualifies us to represent Him!