Carey Lewis Devotions
Monday, July 3rd, 2017
Name Tags: You Are... (Part 4)
He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.
Ephesians 1:4-6 (NKJV)
For they are not all Israel who are of Israel, nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham...
Romans 9:6-7 (NKJV)
I will say to those who were not My people,

'You are My people!'

And they shall say, 'You are my God!'
Hosea 2:23 (NKJV)
Imagine walking around a party, and you're wearing the name tag: ADOPTED. Perhaps you're embarrassed by the label: like maybe your parents didn't want you; like you weren't desirable as a kid; like you weren't selected in the first round; like you have some kind of deficiency.

What if ADOPTED means you're more wanted? Like you're part of a match made in heaven; like your creation was intentional; like you're extraordinarily desired; like your significance is off the scale; like your path and purpose were pre-ordained--even by the ultimate Creator.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: If the Jews are God's chosen people, then you are God's adopted children: predestined and highly beloved. Consider some points of your status:

1) The benefits of God's family are too large for mere mortals to grasp. Be appreciative and expectant.

2) Don't naysay the Jews who don't know Christ. God's Word says Israel will be saved.* Therein, Jews are your elder cousins.

3) The Jews own much of entertainment, so they might be your earthly bosses. Respect them for every good reason.

To Be Continued...

* Short article: Will all Israel be saved?

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Name Tags: You Are... series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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