The other day I had a conversation with one of my co-workers. She mentioned that her sons had trouble accepting the fact that they were adopted. They rebelled against their adopted parents because they didn’t view them as their real parents. My co-worker went on to say that she would have done it all over again, but it is still difficult to accept that her sons still don’t have much respect for her and her husband. With this story in the back of my mind a sixth grade girl, and her friends, came up to me in the courtyard and began talking.
We chatted for a bit and the sixth grader mentioned that she was born in Korea and adopted. I had to ask her the question, “How does that make you feel?” I wanted to know how she viewed her adoption because of my previous conversation. Her answer surprised me, “I am excited that I’m adopted!” I asked her why and she responded saying, “Because I was chosen. Most parents don’t get to pick their kids, but mine chose me.”
I reflected on this for the entire day because it challenged me to be a person of joy. I am a chosen son of God in Jesus Christ. God chose me. Not because I was more worthy than anyone else, but because it simply pleased him to do so. Ephesians 1: 3-6 says this:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.
Just like that little sixth grade girl, our adoption through Jesus Christ should make us joyful . I pray that your joy will be found in God’s adoption of you through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
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I was planning on starting a new topic series on this blog before I ran across this YouTube video. Ray Comfort who is widely known The Way of the Master videos has put out a documentary entitled “180” Movie. This video shook me to the core. It starts out looking at Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust but then quickly shifts to the topic of abortion.
Every Christian should be pondering what Ray Comfort is saying here because every Christian should be concerned with the lives of those around us. It is our duty to stand up and fight for the babies in the wombs of mothers who want to kill them. Christians it’s time to wake up! I pray this movie be your wake up call.
Adoption is a beautiful concept throughout Scripture. God has used adoption to save Moses and lead the Jews out of Egypt.
God used Esther’s adoption to save the Jewish people and the Messianic line through her courageous stand.
God used Joseph to adopt Jesus and take him in as his own. God used Joseph to save Jesus from the bloodthirsty quest of Herod.
All of these adoptions led us to the greatest adoption the world could ever know…
“For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’” -Romans 8:15 ESV
We, as sinful humans, are given new life. We are given a new family. We are given a new Father.
We were outside of God’s family until he decided to take us in as his own. And through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ we are now called sons and daughters of God.
I pray that we, as Christians, will live in the truth of this adoption; being thankful for the grace and love of God.