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.