1 Corinthians 10:31 – 11:1 (NIV)

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 32 Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God– 33 even as I try to please everybody in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.

Philippians 3:17 (KJV)

Paul wrote, “Brothers and sisters, join in imitating me, and observe those who live according to the example you have in us.

DEVOTION – Lanita Bradley Boyd (Kentucky)

“I can tell you’re mother and daughter,,” the salesclerk said.  We smiled, making no comment.  We’ve heard it before, and it always amuses us because we do not share DNA.  My husband and I adopted our daughter when she was six weeks old.

So what makes us look alike?  Living with me for 20 years, my daughter has picked up many of my characteristics.  We think alike; our reactions are similar.  In other ways we are quite different, but observers notice the ways we are the same.

When we are adopted into the family of God with Christ  as our elder brother, something similar happens.  We spend time with God and with other believers; we discuss important ideas, and we gradually become more like Christ.  We hope that when we go out into the world, people are reminded of God’s love and compassion and want to follow Christ because of what they see in our lives.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: As God’s children, we are meant to show the family traits of love and compassion.

Link2Life: Go to devotional.upperroom.org/blog to see a photo of Lanita and her daughter, Kelsey.

PRAYER: Almighty God, help us to live so that people see Christ in us.  In his name we pray.  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: Adoptive Parents