One Of The Family

I met a special lady named Liz at the Christian Books & Gifts Store. She shared with me some of her testimony about her relationship with Jesus. Here is her story.

Liz was orphaned as a child. She did not grow up with her biological parents; she had an adopted family. When she was growing up, she felt sad and rejected because she was different. She didn't fit in. She saw being adopted as a bitter curse. But Liz learned to look at adoption from a different perspective as a Christian. As an adopted child of God, she would never again feel abandoned or unwanted. God cares for His own. We are all adopted children of God and have the same Father as Jesus. (Romans 8:14-17)

When your family is limited to just your biological family, you will have a small and limited set of brothers and sisters. But, as children of God, we are part of a larger family, the body of Christ. Liz told me that when we met, she had discovered a new brother in Christ and I had discovered a new sister in Christ. Hey Brother! Hey Sis!

Liz had once felt that being adopted was a curse. By dying on the cross, Jesus bore our sins and became a curse. (Galatians 3:13) There is a saying about not judging another person until we have walked a mile in his shoes. But Jesus came to earth and walked His whole life, and even died, wearing our filthy shoes.

I believe Jesus is qualified to judge us. But He does not want to judge us guilty. God does not want us to sacrifice the life blood of animals, He wants our obedience. (1 Samuel 15:22) He wants us to offer our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - which is our spiritual worship. (Romans 12:1)

It is difficult for all of us to be obedient at times. Obedience requires hard work. Obedience requires giving up worldly pleasures that we enjoy. But that hard work can seem to be a much easier task, when the work is shared with our brothers and sisters in Christ. And who cares about giving up those worldly pleasures! We can trade them for the love and the support that can be found only through fellowship with our church family, our Brothers and Sisters in Christ!

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