A Story of Adoption

I read a wonderful blog post today about an uncle who had adopted his nephew. That made me think of a good friend who had adopted her nephew too.

Isn’t that wonderful? To reach out and love someone that much to add them to your family.

These children became their children. They would love and care for them exactly the same as any flesh and blood children they had.

Why? Because adoption means to take by choice into a relationship.

Listen to Ephesians 1:5

God predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will.

God made that choice. He wanted us. So His plan was to call us as His children.

That certainly makes me feel special. What about you?

We were predestined. God had decided. He made the choice.

We became His children when we accepted Jesus as our Saviour.

But it isn’t just now — here on earth that we are His children.

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Check out Romans 8:23:

We ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.

Now I admit I got confused at this point. I thought we were already adopted.

Upon further reading I now understand this — I think.

First God’s plan was to choose us. He adopted us and we became His children here on earth.

This is a pledge of our inheritance after we die as well. These are the final adoption papers — the sealed ones that include us in the Kingdom of Heaven.

We are blessed to be called God’s sons and daughters. He chose us.

In the story I read, you could feel the love this uncle had for his adopted son. And I am sure the boy feels that way too.

God had a plan to take us in — no matter what our sins were and are.

He wants us. That is cause for us to celebrate, feel blessed and thank Him — every day.

We are His now. We will be His forever. — Eternal.

We are His children on earth. He teaches us everyday. Our inheritance is certain. Our adoption is finalized and we have secured our position with Him in heaven.

I thank God He rescued me through Jesus.

As we approach Easter I am becoming more aware of this fact — we are God’s children because of Jesus. Reading scriptures of the Passion Week and reading “The Soldier Who Killed a King” has brought my thoughts and mind focused on this love that God has for us.

Let’s remember to think of ourselves as adopted, children of God.

Let’s praise Him, worship Him and get to know Him deeper and deeper.

May I pray for you and me?

Lord Jesus, we are grateful — very grateful — for your sacrifice for us. You came to teach us about God’s love and mercy and show us how to confess our sins. We didn’t like that. Being open before You is hard. Help us to be open and let You in- to help us reveal our true selves to you. We know You see all but help us to show You we see it too. Then we can be real and loving to others. In Your Name Jesus. Amen

 

Visit Janis at JanisCox.com and read more of her work here.

Follower of Jesus, writer, artist, podcaster. Author/illustrator of Tadeo Turtle & The Kingdom of Thrim. Illustrator of Remember The Seasons. Writes at JanisCox.com.
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Follower of Jesus, writer, artist, podcaster. Author/illustrator of Tadeo Turtle & The Kingdom of Thrim. Illustrator of Remember The Seasons. Writes at JanisCox.com.

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