Today I listened to a great sermon from Judah Smith at The City Church in Seattle. The title of his message was "The Great Adoption". He talked about how, as kids during the holidays, we often had to sit at the "kiddie" table while the grown-ups sat at their own table. That was fine, as long as you were a kid, interested in kid stuff. But then you get older, and maybe you're still relegated to the kiddie table. But as you find yourself disinterested in the kid stuff, you lean over to try and catch bits and pieces of the conversations happening where dad is.
And the sad truth is that some of us have been living this way as Christians. Instead of fully understanding and accepting our son-ship and daughter-ship of God, and claiming our rightful place at His table, where we can sit face to face with Him and talk with Him, we stay at the kiddie table. But God has called us sons and daughters, and he wants to dine with us and talk directly with us.
Even more than justification, adoption is the pinnacle of the Gospel. It is the Almighty God's choosing of us as His children. Adoption is a choice. And God has chosen us -- broken, dirty, screwed up, crazy-- to become His children. And there are privileges that come with that adoption. Among them-- you can now call God "Daddy" and you can talk with him whenever you like.
You can tell for sure that you are now fully adopted as his own children because God sent the Spirit of his Son into our lives crying out, "Papa! Father!" Doesn't that privilege of intimate conversation with God make it plain that you are not a slave, but a child? And if you are a child, you're also an heir, with complete access to the inheritance. - Galatians 4:6-7 (msg)
This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It's adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike "What's next, Papa?" God's Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what's coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance! - Romans 8:15-16 (msg)