There are no
natural born children of God. We have all been adopted into his forever family through the act of Christ on the cross. No law guardians, no papers to sign, no legal counsel to consult- just Jesus Christ
sacrificing himself to draw us to our Father. If we know him then we can know
these comforting truths:
by Kevin Kelly
Adoption is a matter of the heart
(Ephesians 1:4,5) “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love, he predestined us to be adopted as his sons (and daughters) through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will-“
The meaningfulness of adoption is like so many other legal/official procedures- the real meaning is not found in the official proceedings- it is found in the simple yet profound choice of the one acting in love; in this case, God moving to adopt us as children. Somehow, in His mysterious way, God looked over all of humanity over all time as if He were browsing a nursery room full of newborns and declared, “these are mine”. And somehow he brings this to pass by calling to our spirit and accepting our faith, love, and devotion in return. Again, this is only possible through Christ’s ministry of reconciliation.
In a devotional by Philip Keller entitled, "What Is the Father Like?: A Devotional Look at How God Cares for His Children" he communicates some beautiful truths regarding this:
“I am the Author of all truth, all life. Before an event comes into being in your life, I know it. I have authored it. I am the eternal One, who has planned to disclose myself to you. When you seek me earnestly, when you yearn for my presence, when you long to know me as I am in reality- it is because I am calling to your soul. Yes, I call for you, and I come to you, my beloved child, because I yearn to meet you. I await your love and childlike trust. And the more you get to know me the more you will trust me. Open your heart to me now…just like a child. I am your Father… and your Friend… your companions on all the pathways of your life. I am never far away. I am present with you, to preserve and enrich every moment of your life. For I hold in my hand all things that concern you. I have planned… I have authored… all the circumstances of your life. All the circumstances that I authorize are intended to reveal- in the fabric of your life- that I arrange your circumstances in order to make clear to you the vast breadth of my character. I want you to know there is nothing that can happen to you that is out of my control. In everything I invite you to draw near to me. Be very sure I am near to you . And I understand you fully!”
Adoption is unconditional love
(Romans5:8) “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Despite our defects, our blemishes, and our defiance, God the Father extended this offer of adoption to us. We were willful and even scornful toward Him and probably quite ugly, and yet he sent his son to make things right between us by dying in our stead. If that’s not unconditional love, then I’m not sure what is! It’s as if God chose to adopt a world full of teenagers at a great personal cost to Himself. And he continues to love his children this way.
Keller describes God like this:
“Still, I come because I am understanding. I understand that you will not seek me or find me unless I come to you first! I look over your world and see parents who do not understand their youngsters. Children who do not comprehend their parents or other adults. Brothers set against sisters; sisters locked in vicious rivalries and misunderstandings. Men and women- who have lived together for twenty years- and yet do not understand eachother! I hear every soul’s anguished cry: “ Oh, if someone just understood me fully! I know you yearn to be known. You long to be treated in fairness, mercy, and sympathetic understanding. And I am close to you now to answer that cry! I come near to every struggling soul who aches to be understood…to be known! To the ones who call out to me in frustration and need, I come. To the ones who are lost and dying inside…dying of loneliness and isolation…I come. It is never my will that any should perish. And then begins the great task-unfolding throughout your lifetime- of discovering just how much I understand all that pertains to you. My understanding of you began….long before you were born…..”
Adoption means you will never be an orphan
(Romans 8:35-39) “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: ‘for your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No , in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Sometimes we get to feeling ugly. Sometimes we get to feeling ugly because even when we’re trying to do good, we often get in God’s way. However, that’s our worldly perspective. And we have an accuser that constantly tells us how ugly we are. But Paul was convinced, as we should be, that God “latches” onto us and will not let go. Consider this: if man adopts children and refuses to give up on them, how much more so will God remain steadfast with us? If you have a relationship with the Father through Jesus Christ, you never have to worry about being left alone. He is with you always.
Keller states of God:
“Slip your hand in mine, in faith, and find that you are guided by one with impeccable character. Trust in me, and find a safe place for your soul to be at rest. Learn to become steady in your walk with me. You will be astonished at how I honor your loyal trust. I delight to do wonders for you. I can move mountains for you- mountains of doubt, despair, and difficulty. I can heal your diseases, relieve your distress, restore the ravaged years. I can bring gladness to your soul, soaring hope to your spirit, sweet serenity within. Five minutes of implicit compliance with my Word will teach you more about my presence, more about my power to preserve you than five years of mere religiosity. Try me, my beloved, try me. And see how faithful I am. Do you want a great new adventure? Calmly, quietly do what I ask of you. And from within you will know the freedom of life that comes in following me. Set out to do my will- and the instant you do so, I am there enabling you to achieve every task.
Maybe God has revealed Himself to you as Father. If so I hope that these words are an encouragement to your faith and edifying to the church.
Maybe he is calling you to accept your status as a son or daughter of his for the first time. If so, slip your hand in his, in faith. He chose us by sending Christ to die for us, and we realize our chosen state when we accept this and act on it in faith. If you would like to receive your adoption through Christ please pray a simple prayer of faith like this one….
"Lord, I thank you for reaching out to me. I realize that you sent your Son, Jesus to die so that I may recieve your adoption and become Your child for eternity. I know that I need you to live life that is truly life. I confess you as my Lord and my Savior. In Jesus name, Amen."
Keller states his response simply:
“My friend, I wait for you with open arms. I call you into my family. I rejoice at the prospect of sharing all my eternal life with you. Your life will be such a joyous adventure as you learn to walk with me. Knowing that I am the author of your life brings a brand new dimension into the commonness of your days. This, in actual fact, is how you begin to experience eternal life- as you open yourself and share in my supernatural life now.”