So, I see a pontoon boat on the pond beyond my house. In it are five kids along with a couple of guys. As they draw closer, I notice it’s three black kids, two white kids, and two white dads. It’s a good guess that an adoption occurred somewhere! These couples wanted more kids, but at the same time, they wanted some ‘already born’ children to have parents, brothers, and sisters. So, they adopted.
Adoption is a lot more expensive than sex. A delivered, healthy baby in the U.S. costs about $10,808. But according to a survey from Adoptive Families, adoption through an agency costs an average of $39,966 (and that was in 2013)! That’s almost four times more.
Through the Holy Spirit and the virgin birth, Jesus Christ was the only supernaturally-fathered, but naturally-born child ever. If you could test His DNA, it would be an exact match with His Father’s, the Creator God. Everyone else, no matter how holy, came here the natural way.
What this means is that if we’re following Jesus and we’re a part of God’s family, we are all adopted. What an amazing starting point for our identity! Through adoption into His family, we have become sons and daughters of God, and we have a perfect Heavenly Father.
Adopted children may have been accidents in their conception, but they are always wanted by their adoptive parents. Same with God.
When one of my mentees, who was adopted, shared his story, he told about his parents taking him to see a litter of newborn puppies. Still a small boy, his mom picked him up, pointed to the cutest of the pups and said, “Clayton, that’s how it is with you. We picked the very best one to be our son.” How’s that for making a child feel unique and special!?
God goes further. He didn’t just pick us because we’re cute . . . He knew us before we were born! He says we are fearfully and wonderfully made . . . He knows the number of hairs on our heads . . . and there’s a place for us in His house when we check out of our earthly bodies.
A mom, glowing about her family of five said, “I have five beautiful children. One of them is adopted, but I can’t quite remember which one!”
That’s the love of an adoptive mother.
And that’s the love of our adoptive Heavenly Father!
Scripture: 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)