Orphan Skin

“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.  John 14:18

… And I came to You [God], fully robed and well-fed, with parents at every game and recital, yet You still saw the orphan parts of my heart that needed Your promise.  You knew the wholeness I craved was one that only Your spirit could fulfill. … You not only made me to know You as Father but You pulled me right into Your family-fold.  You came to me with the wholeness that only a family — a holy family — can provide.  And in Your trinity, I can shed orphan skin.  There is a place for me in You.”

This is an excerpt from a devotion I read recently by Sara Haggerty, and I just think it says it so perfectly.  Let us not — the “adopters,” mothers of all kinds, any follower of Christ — ever forget our own adoption… that God is first our own Father who came for us.

Oswald Chambers once said of our self-righteous, conceited notion of “doing good”:

The bedrock in Jesus Christ’s kingdom is poverty, not possession. … and it does take us a long while to believe we are poor!  The knowledge of our own poverty bring us to the moral frontier where Jesus Christ works.

This is so central in all that we do.  The place we begin is the place we were given to belong.  Not a place we can give to ourselves.

In You I can reveal the orphan parts of my heart and have a forever-home.  In my new identity, given new life and a family-fold that says I’m “Yours” not because of what I do, I need Your promise to fulfill my purpose.  Where I can shed my orphan skin.



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