Tuesday at Bible study we read Hebrews 4:14-16-
"Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."
What really stuck out to me was that if I truly knew what it meant that I was adopted by Christ, how would that change my life?
I feel like so many times we walk around as if God has said if you do this, this, this, and that, then I will adopt you and you can come before me with confidence. When in fact, the reality is, Christ has already adopted us in by what He did on the cross. It's as if he's signed the adoption papers yet we still have not come to that complete trust that He has chosen us to be a part of His family for eternity. That He loves us. That He is FOR us.
Imagine if we fully lived each day with that understanding of who we belong to. Wouldn't that change a few things?
I also think the confidence in part comes from us knowing who He has made us to be and in that we are all different. I wonder how many of us walk around feeling like we just aren't enough? When really, who is to say what is enough? It's about us being who He created us to be. To sing the song in our hearts, to write the pages that only we can write, to slay the giants that only we can slay. Or to put it in day to day terms- to feel confidence to parent the way we feel is best for our kids, to not apologize if we work or stay at home, to be the crafting queen or to be okay with hating anything having to do with crafts. This list is never ending in how we can compare ourselves to others. But at the end of it all, it's owning our life and who God has made us to be. I have been through things that have prepared me for where I am now and where I am heading, and you have been through different things. I can not walk your path with the same authority that you can, nor you mine. I believe that when we begin to embrace this, we begin to find a deep seeded confidence in ourselves.
My prayer today is that we would understand on a deeper level what it means that we have been adopted in through Christ. That we belong to Him. And through that understanding that we would be able to boldly, confidently, and with heads held high approach the throne of our Father, Jesus, & the Spirit to receive mercy and grace not only our times of trouble, but in every moment of our day. When we are discouraged, when we are confused, when we are struggling, and when we just need a Father's touch to remind us we are loved and important. That nothing would keep us from confidently bringing all we are before Him, the parts of us we are proud of and the parts we feel ashamed of.