Welcome to the Family
Today's memory verse: "I will say to those called 'Not my people,' 'You are my people'; and they will say, 'You are my God.'" (Hosea 2:23b)
Can you imagine taking a complete stranger into your home?
We invite friends to come over and play. Maybe they even stay for dinner. Who do you usually invite to your house?
But a stranger? Who would let in a stranger?
In Hosea, God is speaking to the people of Israel, saying that He is disciplining them because of their disobedience. Through the prophet Hosea, God says, "Israel, you were not my people, not my family! You were strangers!"
But God is also talking to us today. When we become followers of Jesus, we are adopted into the family of God. Why would God let us into His family?
It is a special kind of love to take someone who is "not my people" and adopt them as "my family." The Bible says that is exactly what God did. He adopted us as His children.
Talk about it:
- If we are God's children, what do we call Him?
- What does our Father do for His children?
- Imagine you are a child in India, hearing about the love of a Heavenly Father for the first time. What would that be like?