My Grace-Full Life

3.10.18 Praise Prompt: The Family Tree of Jesus

PRAISE PROMPT ••• My birthday was in December, but I just ordered my birthday present a couple of weeks ago – AncestryDNA kits for me, my husband, son, and mom!
I’m so excited to get the results and find out how they match up with my genealogy research.
It’s a fascinating exercise – to learn where you come from.
I joke that I don’t have a family tree as much as I have a family twig…
We are a very small family, unlike my husband’s for whom a typical family gathering can be 80+ people.
Whether you know your family roots or not, the Bible has much to say about family.
From how to parent and care for our relatives, all the way to the family of Christians.
In 2 Corinthians 6:18 NLT, it says, “And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”
The Apostle Paul was quoting from a promise God made about David in 2 Samuel 7:14.
God said, “Your house and your kingdom will continue before me for all time, and your throne will be secure forever.” (2 Samuel 7:16).
In verses 18-9, it says, “Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and prayed, ‘Who am I, O Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? And now, Sovereign Lord, in addition to everything else, you speak of giving your servant a lasting dynasty! Do you deal with everyone this way, O Sovereign Lord?’”
We know the branches of David’s family tree include Jesus Himself!
But when David asked the question, “Do you deal with everyone this way, O Sovereign Lord?” the answer is yes!
If we have believed in Jesus as the Son of God, and all He did to save us, we are the adopted sons and daughters of God.
John 1:12 confirms this, “But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.”
No matter the state of our earthly family, we can hold tight to God.
David wrote in Psalm 27:10, “Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close.”
Today, let’s praise the Father for the opportunity to be grafted onto the family tree of Jesus.
Let’s thank Him for accepting us as His own children, and for loving us so much that He sent Jesus to die for us.

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