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Daily Devotional
July 29
But when the fulness of time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
Galatians 4:4-5
The Greek word for 'adoption' is huiothesia. 'Huios' meaning son, 'thesis’ meaning position. ‘Huiothesia’ means taking the position of a son. The Son of God took our position on the Cross of Calvary, paying for our sins, in order that we might in turn take the position as sons of God.

Understand this: adoption is not the method of entry into God’s family. As Jesus told Nicodemus in John 3, we enter into God’s family only by being born again. Rather, adoption speaks of our privilege and standing within God’s family. The moment we were born again, we were placed in an adopted state as heirs, as sons of God.

We think of adoption in terms of adopting a little baby. But that’s not the biblical concept of adoption. Biblical adoption refers to a full-grown adult. It would be like, before retiring from Ford Motor Company and having no sons, but wanting his name to continue, Henry Ford approached a 24-year-old Harvard student and said, ‘Would you let me adopt you? If you will, you’ll have a place on the Board of Directors, a salary of 2.5 million a year, a summer house in Hawaii, a winter house in Tahiti, a private jet, and your own yacht.’

So too, the moment you were born again, you assumed the position of an adopted son — heir to the riches of the Father. Too often people say, ‘I really can’t be used by the Lord because I’ve only walked with Him five years,’ or, ‘I can’t get involved in intercessory prayer because I’m just a new Christian.’ Wrong. As far as the privileges and responsibilities of the Kingdom go, you were adopted as a mature son with as much right to be blessed and used by the Lord as Billy Graham.
This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book "A Days Journey" by Pastor Jon. "A Days Journey" is a collection of 365 short devotions from the New Testament.  If you would like your own copy of "A Days Journey" you may click here to go to the SearchLight Store