One of my very best friends in the whole world is adopting a little boy. She's on a plane right now as I type these words to go pick him up. I’m so excited for her, and can’t wait to meet her son.
Every time I think of the adoption process, I cry. It's so unbelievably beautiful how much my friend loves her little boy--even though they've never met. Her love is fierce and true. She has other biological children, but her new son is just as much her child as the ones she physically bore.
My best friend’s experience reminds me of how when we put our faith in Christ, God’s son, we are adopted as God’s children. We're not second class children, we are heirs.
God is excited to adopt you as His child:
Ephesians 1:5 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.
Romans 8:15-16 So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.
Romans 9:4 They are the people of Israel, chosen to be God’s adopted children. God revealed his glory to them. He made covenants with them and gave them his law. He gave them the privilege of worshiping him and receiving his wonderful promises.
Galatians 3:29 And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you.
God is my loving adoptive dad. He invites me to not only call Him Father, but Daddy. “Abba, Father” in Romans 8 connotes a sweet level to the relationship--it means something close to “Daddy.” I couldn’t be happier to be God’s adopted child.
God loves us like my friend loves her son--and there’s nothing more beautiful than that.