Recently I was reading Ephesians 1 and didn’t get very far as I stopped at verse 5.
“God my heavenly Father predestined me for adoption as sons(daughters) through Jesus according to the purpose of his will.” Ephesians 1:5
I really like how The Message reads
“Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son.”
A couple weeks ago I was filling out a new patient form. My name, number and address I could write down in my sleep, but when it came to occupation, I faltered. That is not typical for me, over the years I have proudly entered stay at home mom or homemaker in that blank. But that day, I didn’t think those words any longer described me. I’m still a mom, I’m still a wife, I’m still, for the most part working at home. But this day I didn’t know what to put. I finally settled on homemaker, but that may change someday as well. Jobs will come and go, children will grow up and leave the nest, I will grow older and may not be able to write or type on a computer. Many things that I do, that may describe me will change, but after reading this verse, I finally decided on what to put in the occupation blank.
I am the child of the One True King, and because He has adopted me into his family I will always be His. Now, I didn’t really enter this into the occupation line on the form, but why not? What’s the worst thing that could happen if I said, daughter of the One True King? I’d probably be asked, what in the world does this mean and then I could tell them about my King.
Are you a child of the One True King?