I ‘met’ Jana online. Somewhere I stumbled across her blog, a divine appointment, I am certain. We have traded comments and tweets and her heart just beats for Jesus! I worked up the nerve to ask her if she would guest post here for me and she said yes! I pray her words touch your heart, as they do mine. Thank you, sweet friend.
A Child of Two Worlds
For as far back as I can remember, people have mentioned how much I look like my dad. When they learned that mom was pregnant with me, he told her he wanted a little girl with blond hair and blue eyes, and God granted his wish. I do look a lot like him; so much so that he jokes he “marked me pretty well”. Beyond the physical resemblance, I also share his love of meeting and connecting with others, his analytical nature, and his deep sense of loyalty to those he loves.
In a lot of ways, though, I’m more like my mom. I don’t look as much like her outwardly, but so much of my personality mirrors hers. We share a love of books and hymns, a quirky sense of humor (especially when we’re together!), an appreciation of the Psalms, and we both need a little “white space” to ourselves at the end of the day. I understand her in a way that I can’t fully explain. As strange as it may sound, I’ll often get a sudden urge to talk to her and within a few minutes, she will call me. I know that sounds crazy, but I promise it’s true.
God uses a little from each parent when He creates a new life. I’m a child of two worlds: my dad’s and my mom’s.
*Image by Corey Balazowich via Flickr Creative Commons
I’m also a child of two worlds in the spiritual sense. Although I was born with a sin nature, I’ve been rescued from the grips of sin through faith in Jesus Christ.
When Eve and Adam chose to eat the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden, sin and death entered the perfect world God had created, separating all of mankind from Him (Genesis 3). We who were intended for perfect communion with God were defiled. We traded His glory for robes of shame. We no longer resembled our Heavenly Father, but the father of lies.
Our birthright declares we are sinners, but because of His great love for us, God made a way to bring us back into fellowship with Him.
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!” ~ Romans 5:8-10 (NIV, emphasis mine)
Our Heavenly Father longs to welcome us home through faith in Jesus Christ!
“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will… In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace” ~ Ephesians 1:4-5, 7 (NIV, emphasis mine)
Jesus paid the price for our sins and gave us the chance to be adopted into God’s family, just as He always wanted.
A dear friend of mine adopted a little girl, rescuing her from a difficult situation and giving her a new start in a loving family. Through adoption, my friend exchanged her daughter’s past for a future of love, hope and promise. God does the very same for us.
If you have accepted Jesus as your savior, you are a child of two worlds, too. Born into sin, but saved by Christ. Born of the flesh, but filled with the Spirit. Born naked, now clothed with Christ’s righteousness.
“So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” ~ Galatians 3:26-27 (NIV)
We still reside in a fallen world, and our old sin nature is still here. With God’s help, we can choose each day to take off our old rags and put on the garment of His grace. Our two worlds will collide from time to time, but God gives us His strength to live in a way that reflects our adoption, not our birthright.
My prayer today is that you would embrace the new life God offers through His Son, Jesus, and rejoice in the promise of your adoption into His family!
Have you accepted your adoption into God’s family? How do you live out your adoption rather than your birthright?
Jana is an ordinary woman grateful for the extraordinary grace of the Father. Her life is loud, happy, busy and filled with love. She writes about faith, family, and encouragement for the journey at Grace for My Mess.