Adoption (Spiritual)

As many of you know, my wife Julie and I have put a lot of time and energy into caring for our foster daughter.  Whether or not we adopt her is not our decision at this point, and the future hangs in the balance.

This has caused me to reflect on what the Bible says about adoption.  Through our belief in Christ, God really does promise that we are adopted as His children.  I find that to be profound.  The Lord of everything, caring enough to adopt me into His family because of the faith I have in His Son.

If you’re a parent, think about the care you put into your children’s upbringing.  Time, energy, sweat, money, time, money, time . . . you get the point.  Sacrifices you’ve made are probably rushing to your mind right this instant.  I know they are for me, and the examples would overwhelm the length of a normal blog entry.

Now compare those sacrifices to what God the Father did.  He allowed His Son Jesus to leave His side in Heaven and come to this earth, to live, love, teach — and ultimately be murdered by His enemies.  The sacrifice is immense, even more because the sacrifice involved the payment for the sin of all who would believe in Him.  What love!

So if you want to lift up a human as your hero for caring for children, don’t.  Lift up God in praise because parenting is a reflection of what He did for us – except He did so much more, allowing His Son to die so we could become a part of His family.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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