Week Three – Day 6

Family

SERVICE DAY – Do something special as a family – Invite other families  or singles to join you.

Devotional:

Read Galatians 4:4-7; Romans 8:16-17

There are few relationships in the world more precious than that of an adopted child and his or her parents.  The feelings of loss and hopelessness in many children’s hearts around the world can only be vanquished by a life-changing event, when some loving couple steps up and says, “We love you and want you to become part of our family.  We want you to bear our name and share in the blessings, benefits, privileges and responsibilities of being in our family.”
Galatians 4:4-5a speaks of God’s sovereign plan of rescue for us.  God comes in the flesh—not because we deserved it, but because He desired it.  “To redeem those who were under the law” refers to Jesus paying the price that buys us back into relationship with the Father.  Then Paul says the aim of God’s plan is “that we might receive adoption as sons (and daughters).”  There was nothing of value in us that would cause such as decision.  Destitute in our sins, we were enemies of God and yet He willfully orchestrated events so He could adopt us into His family.
God certainly understands our frailties and uncertainties when we are adopted into His family, so He sends us His Spirit to help us fully grasp the transition: from slave to sin to heir of sonship.  It is through His Holy Spirit we understand the joy of calling out, “Daddy!” and hearing His loving response: “Yes My child.”

 

Service Suggestions:

  • Take a bike ride together.
  • Fly a kite, play catch or Frisbee.
  • Tour a local establishment (newspaper, office, radio station, museum, city hall, visit a zoo).
  • Plant flowers and/or a vegetable garden.
  • Have a scavenger hunt.
  • Go feed geese or ducks, go fishing.
  • Visit a nearby playground or park, have a picnic.
  • Take a blanket and several books outside and read under the shade of a tree.
  •  Make homemade ice cream, cook a meal together.
  • Camp out in the backyard or make an indoor tent with blankets.
  • Have a game night with friends and family.
  • Write a handwritten letter to grandparents or other relatives or to a missionary.
  • Find some old family albums and have fun reminiscing.

Prayer Focus:

Father, today open my eyes to see how you are moving in the mundane and normal life. Help me to see how you are working in my family to draw us closer to yourself. Make godliness the norm in my life today and not the exception. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Key Scripture:

“But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.”
Galatians 4:4-7 NIV

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