Read Ephesians 1:3-14
Ephesians 4:1-2 I (Paul) therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (NRSV)
Anne M Hayton, from Indiana, could not imagine the intense grief her biological grandfather must have felt when Anne's new adopted family picked her up. He knew that it would be the last time he would see his granddaughter. At just six years old, Anne was "Grandpa's girl," the one he would balance on his hands, the one who would grab his big cowboy hat and put it on her own head. Giving Anne up for adoption broke her grandfather's heart. But out of his great love for her, he wanted something better for her life than what he could provide.
When Anne thinks of everything that her grandfather gave up for her, she remembers God's heart-wrenching sacrifice in offering up Jesus. Like her grandfather, God wanted something better for us, a life not separated from him because of sin. So God sacrificed God's only Son as an atonement for our sins so we could be adopted and become heirs to God's kingdom.
Every day, Anne is determined to live a life that her grandfather would be proud of. Even more so, when she thinks of what God, through Jesus, did for her, she is humbled to live a life worthy of her calling. So should we not be the same and desire to live a life worthy of our calling? What God did for Anne, He has done for each of us too.
Prayer: Loving God, thank you for adopting us as your children. Give us the courage to confess our sins and release them to you. Fill us with the desire to live a life worthy of our calling, in Jesus' name, amen.