R U ADOPTED ?
The basic reason for the practice of adoption is to benefit the ‘adoptee’ – usually young children. Older children and even adults are also adopted. Ideally, there is also an emotional benefit for those doing the adopting. The one being adopted benefits in several ways such as: nurturing, shelter, education and eventually financially.
In America there are about 125,000 adoptions annually. One third of Americans consider adoption at some time or other – 2% actually complete the procedure. Approximately 2.5% of all children under 18 are adopted. It is estimated that over 5 million people now living are adoptees.
Although not all, many of these cultural adoptions turn out to be beneficial to all parties. There is NO guarantee in this practice. However, there is another kind of adoption – a spiritual adoption - that is ABSOLUTELY GUARANTEED! Several Bible verses refer to this amazing event:
Galatians 4:4,5&7 reads, “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, then an heir of God through Christ.” Ephesians 1:4&5 adds, “Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestinated us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.”
Romans 8:14-16 completes the picture, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, theses are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. (includes daughters) Note: The term Abba Father denotes a close relationship like when we were young and called our father “Daddy.”
It should be clear from theses passages that God wants a special relationship with you. Reasoning tells us that an omnipotent (all powerful) God can accomplish His part. What remains, then, is our response. Our God is so gracious He even gives us guidelines about our response.
We begin with our status. 1John 1:8&9 tells us, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Galatians 3:26 adds, “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.” Where does this faith come from? Romans 10:17 answers, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 5:1&8 informs us, “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” To secure our adoption we find in Romans 10:9, “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
The third paragraph above mentioned GUARANTEED. Jesus, Himself, affirms this in John 6:37, “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.” He even states in John 10:10 that He wants you to “have life more abundantly”!