Set Your Hope on Christ

By Becky Savage, First Presidency

He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.  Ephesians 1:5–6

In this text, the Apostle Paul is assuring the Jews and Gentiles of the early Christian church at Ephesus that they are all God’s children. Paul’s message also tells each of us that we, too, are adopted into God’s family. The blessing is secured through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. It is difficult to imagine the magnitude of this gift.

My husband and I spent many years, through multiple medical procedures, medications, and therapies, trying to have children. Modern science, while helpful for many, could not resolve our physical conditions. After much prayer and discussion we decided to apply for adoption. We were blessed with the gift of two beautiful daughters.

Some tell us how wonderful we are for adopting. I do not feel we have done anything special. In fact, we are the ones who have been adopted. Our daughters make us a family. They continue to bless us. Through them, we are learning to receive, accept, and give love.

God’s promise, given so many years ago in Ephesus, is still happening today. Jesus came as our brother. He adopted those he met into this amazing family. He has adopted each of us into God’s loving family. No wonder we set our hope on Christ.

Prayer for Peace:

God of family, we open our arms to all you put in our reach. We accept and embrace them. We have hope in the peace we can share.

Spiritual Practice for the Week: Welcoming Unity in Diversity

Each day this week meditate on unity in diversity. Prayerfully read Doctrine and Covenants 163:8c, which calls “the entire church to become a sanctuary of Christ’s peace, where people from all nations, ethnicities, and life circumstances can be gathered into a spiritual home without dividing walls.”

Create a large circle with your arms. See and feel the diverse people God invites inside the sanctuary of Christ’s peace represented by this circle. Who is easiest to welcome? Whom do you struggle to include? Confess the dividing walls between you and people too different or “dangerous” to invite into your spiritual home. Ask God to forgive and heal barriers that keep you and others from being one in Christ’s peace.

Peace Covenant:

Today, God, I will reach further to expand my family and community. I will share the peace of Christ with them.

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