We weren’t just saved from something. For most of my life I thought the Good News was just that I have been saved from the punishment of going to hell. While that is true, it’s not the full truth. The Good News is better than I dared to imagine.
Not only were we saved from something, we were saved into something. And what we were saved into is what makes this news of salvation so good! We might have a deep sigh of relief when we realize we’ve escaped punishment, but we run to tell our friends when something awesome has happened to us.
When something truly significant happens in our lives, we celebrate!
Each one of us can find ourselves in the prodigal. We’ve been rebellious and demanding. On a reckless, life-seeking mission, we’ve run off with the riches and pleasures of this world believing we are wise. In our sin, we have a tendency to waste and devalue all God has given us already until there is little to nothing of real value left in our lives.
In brokenness and repentance, we return to the God who made us and gave us all we have, simply hoping He will rescue us from a life spent on the streets eating pig slop.
This is the kind of salvation we often seek when we come to God. This is the kind of salvation we often live even after we’ve come to God!
But that’s not the end of the story. That’s not the end of what the Father does for the prodigal.
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…
You have been brought into the family. And not just a regular family — a royal family. In salvation, you became a son or daughter of the King of the universe. That’s a real thing. This isn’t some fairytale story.
You were a slave to sin. You thought you were using sin to get what you wanted, but turns out it was just using you. You gave your life over to sin and it was paying you in the currency of death.
And since death is the only currency sin knows, Christ paid for our adoption with His own blood! He didn’t pay for you to continue in slavery. He paid for you to become a co-heir with Him. He paid so you could take part in the family inheritance.
You’ve just gone from being a deceived, mistreated (but willing) slave to sin, to an adopted son or daughter of the King! That’s the Good News!
If you’re like me, it’s hard for you to wrap your mind around all the present and future goodness that is ours in Christ. But today, we should try. Let’s try our best right now to dwell on all we have been given and promised in Christ. Let’s let a spark of glee rise within our chest at all we have gained in Christ! Let’s go ahead and let a thrill bubble up in our hearts as we dwell on the rock solid hope we have of good things to come.
How would you feel if you woke up tomorrow morning believing that you were an adopted, loved, royal child of God? Write one adjective in the comments below
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