Thursday, December 15th. John 3:17

(This week’s devotions come from “Grace for the Moment” by Max Lucado.)


“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”  John 3:17


Can you imagine prospective parents saying, “We’d like to adopt Johnny, but first we want to know a few things.  Does he have a house to live in?  Does he have money for tuition?  Does he have a ride to school every morning and clothes to wear every day?  Can he prepare his own meals and mend his own clothes?”


No agency would stand for such talk.  Its representative would lift her hand and say, “Wait a minute.  You don’t understand.  You don’t adopt Johnny because of what he has; you adopt him because of what he needs.  He needs a home.”


That same is true of God.  He doesn’t adopt us because of what we have.  He doesn’t give us his name because of our wit or waller to good attitude…


Adoption is something we receive, not something we earn.


Let us pray:  Dear God, you have named us, claimed us and called us your own.  From the cross you forgave us.  From the empty tomb you gave us new life.  From the waters of our baptism you marked us forever as your children.  May this good news bring a new kind of hope into our lives today.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.


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