• What Does It Mean to be Adopted by God?

    Date: 2014.11.08 | Category: Adoption | Tags:

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    For you are all sons of God through faith in Jesus Christ. Galatians 3:26 NIV

    We are children of God through faith.

    God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.  Ephesians 1:5 NLT

    God has adopted us into his family.

    For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God…       Ephesians 2:8 NIV

    We joyously accept being called into God’s family simply by believing in Him.

                    And, “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”                                2 Corinthians 6:18 NIV

    We rely on the fact that we are sons and daughters of Christ.

    In fact, our future in eternity depends on it.

    We live our lives quoting scripture about God’s grace.

    We talk about God and refer to Him as our Father.

    We talk about our brothers and sisters in Christ.

    We know what adoption means.

    November is National Adoption Month.

    November 2nd was Orphan Sunday.

    The one day of the year that most churches talk about caring for the orphan.

    This month is meant to bring awareness to the need to adopt.

    But as Christians shouldn’t we already be aware?

    Do we really need a day in November to talk about orphan care?

    Does there really need to be a month to raise awareness about adoption?

    James 1:27 is pretty clear.

     Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this:

    to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

    To look after orphans…

    It isn’t a suggestion.

    God has COMMANDED us to care FOR the orphan, not just ABOUT the orphan.

    We should all be doing our part.

      We should support families so they stay intact.

    We should come along side those that are adopting.

    We should sponsor children.

    We should foster.

    We should do respite care.

    We should help pay for needed surgeries.

    We should provide medicine, food, and clean water.

    We should educate others and talk about it in our daily lives.

    It shouldn’t be one day or one month out of the year.

    We are called to help the needy and the poor.

    We are called to help the orphan and the widow.

    Adoption has been called the visible gospel.

    What better testimony is there?

    When we care for others, we are the hands and feet of Christ.

    “My friends, adoption is redemption.

    It’s costly, exhausting, expensive, and outrageous.

    Buying back lives costs so much.

    When God set out to redeem us, it killed Him.” – Derek Loux

    Christ paid the ultimate price for us.

    But we claim no time, no money, not being called.

    We close our eyes, but the truth is…

    We have no excuse.

    We know what adoption means.

    The need is great.

    What will you do?

    What will you say when you one day stand before Christ?

    How will you answer “What did you do FOR the least of these?”