“So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.” Matthew 18:4 (NLT)
A popular sitcom when I was a kid was entitled, “All In The Family” and we watched it often. I never felt that it was the most valuable to my upbringing because it seemed to be contrary to everything I was taught about family. Achie was loud, boisterous and quite cantankerous at times, especially in dealing with his children, Gloria & Michael. He also didn’t contribute much to his wife, Edith’s self-esteem. My dad, Fred, was a much better example for me to follow. I was usually referred to as “son”, which for me carried a high regard. I was blessed with amazing, loving and caring parents, who I never doubted their commitment. They were both there when I humbled myself in repentance at the age of twelve and I was reborn into God’s family, becoming His child (son).
I’ve found that as my Heavenly Father, He loves me no matter what. I also realize one of greatest benefits of being adopted into His family is my join inheritance when my elder brother, Jesus. He is now, my Savior and brother. Isn’t that cool?
My place in the family isn’t based on what I can do, how much I have, or how many people I know. It comes from a simple, yet powerful act, of kneeling in repentance and acknowledging my need for a mercy & grace. In that humility – I found true status – a His beloved child.