We received exciting news this month – our nephew and niece adopted a 7 year-old little girl named Priscilla. The parents have a loving, nurturing, godly home already and adding Priscilla will just make it more so. I am thrilled for them, but even more blessed for little Priscilla. She was chosen by her parents, and when she was told who her “forever parents” would be, there were tears of joy all around. My nephew and niece have stayed in our home several times and have always blessed us with their servant hearts and willingness to “go with the flow”. What wonderful qualities for parents!
I also have a friend who has adopted an infant girl in the past year. This couple too, had a loving, nurturing, godly home and one birth child before bringing a new baby home through adoption. This precious little one had to fight for her life at first and is now thriving in a safe, stable environment.
Two very different situations, yet families blessed by the gift of adoption.
While praying and thanking God for providing a child and families in each of these diverse situations, I was struck by the truth that we as Christians are adopted into God’s family. Paul is talking to the Romans about the work of the Holy Spirit and says –
Romans 8:15 (NIV)
15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by Him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory.
Several parallel truths gripped me as I read this passage.
- Adoption by God frees us from fear since we have a loving Father
- Adoption for these little girls provides security and protection
- Adoption provides “sonship/daughtership”, we may call God, Abba – Daddy.
- Adoption provided a mommy and a daddy for these girls
- Adoption means we are God’s children with His name – Christian
- Adoption provides a new name for each of these girls
- Adoption means we inherit all God’s promises to His children
- Adoption means these girls will be provided for and inherit from their families
- Adoption means we will share in Christ’s sufferings AND His glory
- Adoption means these little girls will face trials AND triumphs together with their new families.
- Adoption is eternal. Our Father’s promise is that we will dwell with Him forever
- Adoption is a life long committment – a “forever family”
Priscilla and “Precious” are so blessed to be part of their new “forever families”. As God’s children, we are part of His forever family. We enjoy God’s presence, praising Him for His faithfulness and love.
I know of several beautiful testimonies of God’s grace and power being demonstrated through adoption. If you would like to share such a testimony on this site, please e-mail it to me and I can insert it into the blog. Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org – or include it as a comment. This will be a blessing to others.