It is important that we as submitted followers of Jesus understand what it means to be adopted as a child of God. As brother Paul explains to the church in Ephesus, it gives our true Father great pleasure to simply bestow upon those who desire it – adoption as a son or daughter. With our adoption comes the inheritance – our new life; our release from the power of sin and death; the joy and the beauty of walking with our Lord and Savior through this life and into the next. It is what we are given. It is not anything that we earn or even strive for. It is a gift - much like a gift that any parent would freely give to a child without expectation of anything in return. Let me encourage you to accept your place at the table. It is a place to which you do not have to strive to “measure up.” It is a place that is ready for you now, and will be every day of your life as a follower of the Christ.