Monday, August 27, 2007

Adopted

It’s not possible to give many gifts greater than adoption. When a family adopts a child they give him love, protection, membership, inheritance, and a name. Adoption dramatically changes the life not only of the adopted, but the adopter. It’s almost too much to comprehend.

Imagine, then, what’s involved when God adopts someone: “In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ for himself, according to the good pleasure of his will” (Ephesians 1:4,5). Oh, my. It’s one thing to be Christians, servants, or disciples of God. But adopted as God’s own sons and daughters, seated with Jesus in heavenly places? That’s definitely too much to comprehend.

But that’s how it is, Christians. Let’s pray we get used to that reality.


(c) Copyright 2007, A. Milton Stanley

2 comments:

Sista Cala said...

I have a cousin that felt cheated and abandoned when he found out he had been adopted. Now that he is grown he realizes that they had a choice and still chose him. That is the power of love; to have a choice and still choose those that were not originally born to them.

Milton Stanley said...

That's exactly what I'm talking about--being chosen and loved. Too bad your cousin didn't know all along that he was adopted, but for some reason parents used to keep those kinds of things secret more than they do now. My sister-in-law and her husband have adopted five children. It's been a blessing to all involved.