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Ancestry DNA: Find Your Story

I heard a speaker talking about paying $60 to get your ancestry DNA to help you find your story. I started thinking about all of the people I know who have gotten their ancestry kit. Some because they were adopted and some for medical reasons. Some want to find out if they are royal. When my brother showed me his I was excited to know I had 4% Greek and 3% Irish in me because now I have to travel there! I think most people are just curious about their ancestry. They want the rest of the story.

Not all stories end as fairy tales. Some people may find out their birth parents are different than their parents who raised them. Do they feel they were a mistake? Whether our stories are tragic or triumphant, we are all a part of a royal family! We are all adopted children! Even Jesus was looked after by Joseph as a son even though he was not his blood. It does not matter where your story starts. It matters how your story ends.

Adoption is a deliberate love that breaks blood bonds and causes strangers to fall in love on a family level. Adoption speaks of a close relationship. God tells us we are part of the family of God forever, because of our faith in Jesus Christ. Romans 8: 15, "The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “'Abba, Father.'” God is adopting us spiritual orphans into his eternal family. When we are led by His Holy Spirit we are children of God.

We are no longer slaves but children of God. As His child, He has made us an heir.

Galatians 4: 4-7, "But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.  Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.”  

We are not naturally born into this relationship. John 1: 10-13, " He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God."

Jesus paid the price for our adoption. John 1: 12, "Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—" Our adoption is a spiritual rebirth or as Jesus calls it being "born again" or "born of the Spirit". John 3: 3, "Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again." God chose us to be His child in His family. There is nothing else we can do, no amount of works that can do it.

No matter what your start was, we all have the choice to make if we want to be part of God's family. Psalm 27: 10, "Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me." This family does not only span the globe but all of time. Our family has been growing since creation. One day all of us spiritually adopted children will live together for eternity in the presence of our Father.

Our spiritual adoption into God’s family was not a second thought, it was the plan from the beginning. Ephesians 1: 4, "For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love." Whether your story is tragic or triumphant we are all a part of a royal family! We are all Royal representatives of the Gospel.

We need to find our story in THE STORY! The King is looking for you. He wants to give you your royal inheritance of abundant life!

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