Read: Colossians 3:1-11
In ancient Rome, the practice of adoption was sometimes used by the emperors to pass on succession to heirs. Augustus Caesar was adopted by his great-uncle Julius Caesar. Other adoptees include the emperors Tiberius, Trajan, and Hadrian. All of them became strong emperors because each one lived like a child of his adoptive father.
The Bible says that every Christian is an adopted child of the King of kings. We are deeply indebted to Him. But God doesn’t need us to repay Him because He has everything. So what does God desire? He wants us to live in a way that is appropriate for His children. Anything that is not in line with our position as God’s children must be done away with (Col. 3:5). Selfish and destructive ways are to be replaced by activities and values that display our gratitude and love for God and reflect our status as His children. Paul the apostle wrote, “Put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering” (Col. 3:12).
Can those around you tell that you are truly a child of the great God? Can you ask the Holy Spirit what you need to put off and put on in your life so that you can reflect more truly your status as the adopted child of God? God’s name is glorified when we call Him our Father and when we live like His children.