The apostle Paul uses the illustration of adoption to explain how we are drawn into the family of God. We are alone, bound in sin, until we are found by God and welcomed into His family. Because of His love and grace, we are adopted as His own children. In the first century, an adopted son was chosen by his father to carry on the family name and inherit his estate. There was nothing inferior about this son. In fact, Bible scholar, F.F. Bruce suggests that because of the father’s intentional choice, the adopted son “might well enjoy the father’s affection more fully and reproduce the father’s character more worthily.“ Our place in God’s family gives us great rights and privileges, but it also gives us great responsibilities. Since your Heavenly Father chose you to be a part of His eternal family, live up to that calling today by asking Him to reproduce His character in your life.