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Benefits of Being Adopted

Tom Barnard


-dop’-tion:  “The process  of  accepting into one’s  family  and raising  as their own,  a child born of other parents.” A few weeks ago, Lisa and Curtis Yates adopted Abigail Fei, their second “China Doll.” Abigail is  ten months old  and weighs in  at around  nineteen pounds. She joins new sister, Samantha, in the Yates family. The two girls will be raised in a loving home  that will provide for them a future that far surpasses anything they could have experienced in their native country. They are children of choice.

Christians are children of choice of a different kind. We have been chosen by God the Father Almighty to be His sons and daughters. Adopted into his Forever Family. What an honor! What a privilege! It all began in the heart of God. And it became possible through God’s Son, Jesus Christ. Consider what the Scriptures say:

“When the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.” (Galatians 4:4-5)

“You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” (Galatians 3:26)

“For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” (Matthew 12:50)

“Those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’” (Romans 8:14-15)

What does it mean for us to say we are adopted children of God?

It means God has chosen us to be his children. In his first letter to the Church, Peter declared, ”You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God.” (2:9) Paul declared that this “choice” was made before we were even aware God cared: “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son.” (Romans 8:29)  It wasn’t through some “cosmic accident” that we became children of God. It was by choice—His choice. That’s where it all started.

It means we also have a choice to make—and we choose Jesus. John addressed it this way: “He (Jesus) was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own (the Jews), but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” (John 1:10-13) We were not forced to believe in Jesus; we voluntarily decided to believe in Him. Do you remember the musical, “Annie,” and her wealthy benefactor, “Daddy” Warbucks? He wanted to bestow his love and riches on that little orphan, but he did not force her to become part of his family. He loved her into his family. Again, John said, “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God. And that is what we are.” (1 John 3:1)

It means we have moved from the poverty level to unbelievable wealth. Paul wrote, “So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.” (Galatians 4:7) Again, in his letter to the Christians at Rome, Paul declared that “we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ.” (8:17) And that means whatever the Father bestows on His Son, He also wills to us!

It also means there are conditions to be met. This treasure is not free. Paul said that we will inherit all that Christ inherits, but only “if indeed we share in his sufferings.” And if we share in his sufferings, we will “also share in his glory.” (Romans 8:17)  Eternal life is not a free pass. It comes with a price—a price paid in advance by God. And there is a price we must pay to enjoy it.

Friend, do you see yourself as a pauper or a prince? Do you walk with your head high and with confidence in your step, or do you feel embarrassed to confess that you are a Christian? Do you have any idea how wealthy you are? Your Father owns everything, and he has included you in his Will. It doesn’t get any better than this.

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