“He predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will” (Ephesians 1:5)
In a blog post a few weeks back I shared about how I was adopted as a three month old baby. I’ve never taken that for granted, but as I become more seasoned in life and have my own kids and family now, I’ve realized how significant it was that my parents chose me. When you have biological children, you don’t choose who they’re going to be. When you adopt, you choose that child. All those years ago, my parents drove over to an adoption agency in Cleveland, sat down, looked at me and made a decision to make me their child.
It’s significant that Scripture uses adoption imagery when it talks about us being a part of the family of God. Ephesians 1:5 says, “He predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will.” Think about that for a minute. The God of the Universe, of all creation, looked out at the sea of humanity, saw you and said, “I want that one. That’s my child.”
Sometimes I wonder what my life would have been like if I hadn’t been adopted. I don’t know for sure, but I can tell you it would have been completely different. On the other hand, the Bible does tell us about the life we were adopted out of. Paul writes to the Galatians saying, “So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God” (Galatians 4:7). We were adopted out of slavery! Slavery to what? Slavery to sin and the Devil and to eternal death.
And instead of slavery, we become sons and daughters and heirs with Christ, inheriting an eternal Kingdom. In other words, we inherit what Christ inherits. Righteousness and eternal life with God the Father. We’re in a new family now, accepted into the family of God.
We need to be continually reminded of this wonderful truth. For me, it’s easier than most because I was adopted by my earthly parents, so there’s a constant reminder there. But even so, I can get caught up with distractions and forget who I truly am in Christ as an adopted child of God. Don’t let the enemy distract you from this truth. Write it on a sticky-note and put it on your mirror in the morning. The True You is Accepted. The True You is Loved. The True You is Forgiven. And the True You is Adopted.