Galatians 4:4 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law,5 to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.6 Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” 7 So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.
Whatever present you may or may not have received this year for Christmas. Know that if you are a Christian, you have received the best gift of them all and for all time. The Christian has received adoption to sonship through God’s Son and God’s Spirit. In other words, if you are a Christian, you are in the family of God, a son or a daughter of God who calls out to God as dad and who is a child of God not a slave of God.
When we take a step back and are not caught up in the frenzy of opening presents – it is clear what is truly important a Christmas. It is the people present are always worth much more than the material presents. It is the giver and not the gift that we ought to take time to appreciate. It is our relationships that count and have significance, not our stuff. How much more then, should we value our relationship with God.
God sent his Son and the Spirit of his Son for us so that we might receive adoption to sonship. Whatever the sin may be. Whatever separated us from the love and the family of God, it is no more for those who would put their hope in the work of Jesus. There is forgiveness of sins and there is reconciliation between man and God.
Don’t let the fickle presents, or anything for that matter, get in the way of your family relationship – whether it be biological or spiritual. If you know that there are relationships you need to repair and restore, then don’t wait any longer. Start that process of reconciliation with others. After all, Christmas is a time for gathering together to celebrate the Son of God who brings us into the family of God.
Give thanks and praise for our families and most of all for the family of God!
Blood is thicker than water, but the blood of Christ is thicker still.
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year.