“So also we, while we were children, were held in bondage under the elemental things of the world.
But when the fulness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law,
in order that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”
Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.”
If you are a Christ-follower…if you have trusted in Him, you have been adopted as a child of God. It is scriptural – Paul writes it to the Galatians. He sent His Son to redeem us – “that we might receive the adoption as sons.”
When you hear of friends or acquaintances going through the process of adoption, does it ever occur to you that you have been adopted by the Father of all fathers? Adoption is a biblical concept. I have to admit my strong admiration and respect for families who adopt. I think it takes a lot of sacrifice and patience and trust. And more than that, it is an amazing symbol in the physical realm of what God has done in the spiritual realm.
I have 4 very close friends who either have adopted and/or are in the process. The Squiers adopted Madi a little over two years ago through a family at our church (I can’t believe it’s been that long already!). Two of the four are currently waiting to travel to China to pick up their new children – both of whom are getting boys. The Teagues leave this Thursday early in the morning to begin their journey to pick up Hudson Xiao. The Sanzas leave some time in May to pick up Ty Le. I am just beside myself waiting to meet these precious little boys. You see, we have been here through this whole process and it has been over two years now… we’re ready!! I can’t wait until the time when they will comprehend the extent to which they were loved and prayed for before they had any idea how much their lives were about to change. That will be a sweet day.
I also have friends, the Dunns, who are doing a domestic adoption. They are finished with all the paperwork and are just in the waiting process until a mother chooses them as the adoptive parents of their birth child.
Please pray for these families – safety in travel, patience, health, trust in God. And remember that adoption was God’s idea first!! He adopted us!