I’ll never forget my first Christmas away from home. It was two years ago, and I was 30 years old. My wife and I were newly married and we decided to spend Thanksgiving with my family, and Christmas with her family in St. Louis. I was stoic when I told her I would be fine, until I woke up on Christmas morning and I was in unfamiliar territory. I cried, and I don’t cry unless the Cowboys lose (so, yeah, I cry).
I spoke with my mom over the phone that morning and I lost it. I’m a grown man, and I lost it! I hung up the phone and slowly began my walk into the family room where everyone was excitedly waiting. It WAS Christmas morning, after all. As soon as I walked in, my in-laws could not wait to hug me, shower me with gifts, set me in front of the TV to watch college football, and feed this Texas boy some pecan pie. In an instant, I was home, and I was loved.
My in-laws did not pamper me for the sole purpose of knowing I was missing my home; they did this because I was now a part of their family, and they had the privilege of loving me like their son. Galatians 4:4-5 says, “But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.” We celebrate Christmas because God loved us enough to send His only Son to the world to find some brothers and sisters.
Galatians 4 goes on to say that we are heirs through God. God loves us, not because he feels badly for us. God loves us because He IS Love, and as believers we are a part of His family. This holiday season, whether you are in unfamiliar territory or where you’ve been for the last decade, take time to slow down and remember what God did for you in sending His Son to become one of us and live perfectly, only to die on a cross and defeat death three days later so that we might accept His offer of adoption.
God loves you. You are His heir, and His child.
- Have you ever felt as if you were in “unfamiliar territory”? Describe how you felt.
- What does Galatians 4 teach us about the spirit of adoption and what that means for us as believers?
- Try this today. Take a pen and pad, and write out your blessings, from big to small. Thank God for each one of these today!
Kaleb Moore is the Day One Worship Pastor and Student Choir Director at First Dallas. He has been at First Dallas for seven years. Kaleb is a born-and-raised Texan with a family who raised him in church and a brother who is a pastor. He accepted Christ in his living room when he was 11 years old. In 2013, he met the most beautiful woman he had ever seen and persistently asked her out as she gladly said “no.” Eventually, he wore her down and has been married to Cassie for almost two years. They have a very friendly dog-named Otto.