Two little boys, John and Jim entered the first grade.
John was tall and thin. Jim was short and squatty.
John was redheaded; Jim was blackheaded.

The teacher was having a "stand up and tell us your name time."
When it became John's turn, he stood up and said,
"My name is John, this is my brother Jim. One of us is adopted.
But we can't remember which one."

Gal 4:4-5
4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son,
made of a woman, made under the law,
5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive
the adoption of sons.

Light From The Word

Now that's a great testimony to brotherhood when two boys don't remember
which is adopted!

When a person is "born again," by grace through faith in Christ,
he IS an adopted "son of God." (John 1:12)

Today, in the flesh, the "born again" Christian is still wearing robes of flesh
that are somewhat dirty with sin.
(Keep in mind, they should not be FILTHY with sin!)

We do still carry the innate characteristics of Adam.
But one day, that Christian will wear robes of glory given to him/her by
Christ Himself.

We do not yet appear as "we shall be;" but we should appear to be similar
to our Lord.

And the Christian has this assurance:
"but we KNOW that, when HE shall appear, we shall be LIKE Him!" (1John 3:2)

Today I carry double emotion about my life in Christ.
I carry shame because I am still a sinner.
My heart grieves because I do not always represent my Lord as the ambassador
I should be.

But I also carry elation because I know that one day, Christ will make me like Him!
The crown I receive shall not be because of my earning capacity, but because of
His willing adoption!

The sin and shame keep me striving
. The knowledge of one day being like my Lord, keeps me assured.

Lord, help me this day to live in the knowledge of my shame to keep me humble;
and to live in the knowledge of full adoption that I may be bold for Your glory!

Love ya!
Bro. Bruce