Geoff Thomas offers a helpful illustration of the blessing of our adoption in Christ. At the same time, he gives us an example of gracious parenting by D. James Kennedy.
When James Kennedy’s daughter Jennifer was about five years of age she picked up the habit of calling her parents ‘Anne’ and ‘Jim’. She heard all their friends come into the house and address them like that, and so she did the same. After a few weeks of this Jim sat her on his knee and he said to her, “Jennifer, do you know that there are thousands of people in the world who can call me Jim, but there is no other person in the whole world who can call me ‘Daddy’ except you, and to you, alone, my dear Jennifer, my name is . . . Daddy!” So it is with us Christians: while being chosen by him is a wonderful blessing, even more wonderful is that he has predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ. We can look into this God’s wonderful smiling face and we can cry “Abba, Father.” When the Lord Jesus taught his own disciples to pray he said that they were to say, “Our Father which art in heaven . . .”