The question I ask today is… What does it mean to be adopted by God?
When I read this question I immediately think of this verse…
For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but you have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. Romans 8:15
First let’s look at the definition of adoption so we can apply it to the verse with even more meaning.
Adoption comes from the Old French word adoptare, meaning "to choose for oneself.” As well as the act of accepting with approval. The word that keeps coming to mind is welcome. When you adopt someone you welcome them into your home, family and life.
I have been blessed with an earthly father that I am very close to an he was an excellent example for me, and God wants me to be just as close, and even closer to Himself then I am to my earthly Dad. Along the way I had to learn that my earthly Dad will fail me, he is human. But my Heavenly Father will never fail me. So whether or not we were blessed with a good earthly father we can rest in the fact that we have a heavenly father that loves us.
“Those who were not my people I will call ‘my people,’ and her who was not beloved I will call ‘beloved.’ And in the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ there they will be called ‘sons of the living God’.” (Romans 9:25-26)
We are welcomed into the family of God, He calls us His beloved. God wants to be part of every aspect of our lives, he has a specific plan for each and every one of us.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:8-10
God has a heart for orphans as well it says so in His word…
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress.” – James 1:27
So no matter our situation we can help orphans in some way, if we are not able to take action in some way then we can pray and ask others to pray.
(I would love to have a house full of adopted kids, anyone have a house they want to give me, no? Sorry, I digress.)