I am the proud father of two children. My daughter, Rahel, is now 17 and my son, Kaleb, is 14. Because my skin is white and my wife’s is black our children don’t have the same skin tone as either of us.
After Rahel was born, I enjoyed taking her around our city, as I ran various errands for home or work. One day, as I walked into an office carrying Rahel in the removable car seat, the lady behind the counter said to me, “Isn’t adoption wonderful!” “Yes it is.” I replied. And I thought, “I just don’t know anything about it personally”. Obviously, this woman made assumptions about me which were wrong. Not evil assumptions, but assumptions non the less.
Although I haven’t adopted, I have seen adoption up close though. In addition to several friends who have adopted, my sister and her husband have adopted two kids giving me an adopted nephew and niece. Seeing the love my sister and her husband have for these kids, I am reminded of the love God has for his children.
In the book of Romans, Paul says that we who are in Christ are adopted by God:
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 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!” [Rom 8:14-15 ESV]
Paul chose this illustration for a reason – God’s love was a choice. He has poured his love upon those who are united to Jesus by faith just like an adopted couple makes a choice to love that child who comes into their family.
Of course, I love my kids, but in a sense, I have to love them. They’re mine, even if they don’t exactly look like it! But God decided to love his children. He wasn’t in need. He wasn’t lonely. He chose to love.
And now those sons and daughters of the most High God can walk into the presence of the King and call out, “Daddy!” just like any earthly child calls out to his loving father. My brother-in-law doesn’t make any distinction between his adopted and his natural born kids – they all call him “Dad” and they all get his full love. By faith, our adoption has placed us in God’s family. No longer questioning if we are loved. The adoption has taken place.
If you are a child a God, rest in His love today. Rest in your adoption.
Yes – adoption is wonderful. (And here’s a place to find out more in the UK)