There is no denying the importance of family. My husband and children are my first priority and God's gift to me. When my husband is discouraged, it's a privilege to come alongside him and encourage him. When my kids are sick, my husband and I are there to nurse them back to health. Our relationships go much further than caring for one another, of course, but often these tangible expressions are the means of expressing our importance to one another. My husband and I are united through the covenant of marriage and have the great responsibility from God of shepherding our children. I imagine you would agree that family is important. There’s another family that is of great value to the Lord and that is the family of God.
As Christians we are adopted children of God. Paul tells us of our new bloodline when he writes: "The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs -- heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him" (Romans 8:16–17). We are children of God and a fellow heir with Christ. Before the foundation of the world God had us in mind. He created us and then he adopted us as his very own children.
But it came at a price.
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