Over the years we have worked with several families who have adopted children. Without exception I have been touched by their stories of sacrifice, excitement, planning & love. There have also been stories of hurt & heartache involved in adoption.
The natural always demonstrates the spiritual.
In our culture adoption is irrevocable.
- You can’t un-adopt a child.
- There is no legal precedent to reverse an adoption.
- The adopted child can walk away from the family but their status as part of the family remains.
Once the parents have made the decision to adopt
- it is eternally binding.
- The choice to receive that child in their family is fixed.
- The adopted child has the same legal rights as a natural child.
- The inheritance rights remain the same.
The Natural Demonstrates The Spiritual
Adoption in the natural provides a picture of our position with God.
Before the earth was created, God knew you, knew me.
We were in his mind & already in his heart.
He loved us. He chose us.
God made the choice to receive us into His family.
His decision was made, fixed for all time and eternity.
The Father knew the adoption process would be costly & horrendously painful.
He talked to his only child – a son & together they agreed to set the process in motion.
Adoption Process Set In Motion
The Father’s son was named Immanuel. This is an unusual name . It means ‘God With Us’ . But that is a story for another day.
The cost of our adoption was unthinkable. The life of the Father’s only child was to be given in exchange for all of us.
Immanuel was to die so that the Father could fill the house with adopted children. He longed to fill the house with these children who he created, loved, chose & adopted.
To our human minds it might seem that he loved the chosen children more than the natural child.
The adoption plan was decided on before time began. It was finished. It was completed 2015 years ago on a special Sabbath evening during Passover.
As Immanuel took his last breath he whispered the words “It is Finished !”
Because It Is Finished
We share in the inheritance that belongs to the natural son. The Father cannot un-adopt us.
The choice is all mine.
- I can believe I am chosen.
- I can believe I was in the Father’s heart & mind before He made the world.
- I can believe I have a home
- I can believe I have a family
- I can believe I have a purpose
- I can believe I give my Father pleasure
I AM ADOPTED
My Father Loves Me
He Wants To
He Has To
The Choice Is Ours
For the adoptive parents the decision, the choice, the process, the sacrifice is complete. There is no going back.
It is a different story for the adoptive child.
They may believe in their head that they are adopted. They have seen the legal papers. Maybe they were old enough to be in court the day the judge declared them part of this family forever.
But because of their prior life circumstances adopted children can have lifetime struggle with trusting that they belong.
Rejection, self-doubt & shame may keep them from fully entering into the life of the family.
It is a battle in the head & in the heart.
What About You?
What is your struggle in believing you are planned, loved, chosen? What is your struggle with adoption?
Predestined For Adoption
Let the Truth Sink Into Your Heart
Let It Make A Difference
As You Do Life Today
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