Making It Public

But we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.  Romans 8:23

I have been adopted, technically, into God’s family and nothing can ever erase the fact that I am now His daughter.  But there is coming a day when I will go home with Him and He will make it public.

It’s as if I’m still in the orphanage (Earth) and a letter arrived (the Bible) that has announced that I have been chosen.  I’ve been paid for, my every need supplied, and the promise of my deliverance has been verified with a signature and a seal.  I’m just waiting for the day when I can see the face of my Father, when I can be dressed in white and take part in the ceremony where He makes it public. 

When a Roman child was adopted, there was a party where the adoption was made public.  All of the family’s friends were invited.  A great feast was given.  The father would present his new son with tearful speeches and much celebration.  The son would sit in a place of honor.  He would see and hear his dream of his new status come true.

This is the picture Paul paints.

  • Now, I know the party is coming.  One day, it will be reality.
  • Now, the Spirit of God whispers words of love.  One day, the words will be audible and the face of my Savior will afford a tangible look and lasting memory.

For now, I rest in the promise of that day and it brings me strength.

I am never lost.  I am yours.  When I need reassurance, I listen to Your whispers and read Your words.  Build in me solid hope for what ‘is’.  Amen

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