Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir. Galatians 4:6-7

I was listening to a story this week on the ABC about the prevalence of orphanages in Cambodia. On the face of it this sounds like good news right. Abandoned and poor children being given care sounds like a positive. But sadly, in the best cases- were people had good motives they had inadvertently encouraged families to give their children up for economic reasons and in the worst cases these orphanages have been surprisingly money making systems of exploitation. The young lady telling the story said- “what these children need most are families- their families. If only we would wise up and empower people to set up businesses and give micro finance so that children could be a part of the families were they belong- we know she said, that this situation has far better outcomes than institutional care.” At the heart of the gospel is the invitation to be a part of the family of God. Through faith in Christ- me and you are invited into intimate communion with God. In fact, in Galatians 4:6-7 we are told that by faith in Christ- the Spirit of Christ is sent into our hearts- so that in our inner most being we can cry- have full rights to cry- “ABBA father!” If you are in Christ Jesus- you can call God Father- because you are his child. Phil Mason in his book- The New creation miracle says- “All human beings have as their default core identity- an orphan spirit. An orphan has no deep sense of family or belonging; they feel very much alone! Orphans often struggle with a strong sense of abandonment or rejection. From God’s perspective the world is a giant orphanage in which billions of orphans are struggling to create an identity and a sense of belonging.” I believe Christ is the one who liberates us from that orphan spirit and gives us a new identity in him. His Spirit, is a gift and is evidence of our adoption. By faith the search for belonging is over-we are God’s children.

Grace and peace from Marcus, one child of God to another.