Some of the definitions for the word adoption in the dictionary are: “the act or process of giving official acceptance or approval to something.” When the word adoption is related to the issue of a child, “it is the process of taking on the legal responsibilities as parent of a child that is not one’s biological child,” and lastly, “a legal proceeding that creates a parent-child relation between persons not related by blood. The adopted child is entitled to all privileges belonging to a natural child of the adoptive parents—including the right to an inheritance.”
With these various definitions of adoption, we will not have difficulty to conclude that adoption is one the rarest gestures of affection that a couple can extend to a non-related and non-biological child especially when the process is righteously executed without any ulterior motive and the adopted child is warmly embraced in the family. Some of the adopted children I’ve seen seem to not even know that their adoptive parents aren’t their biological parents based on the way the parent and child are so closely knitted together in love and affection.
From our understanding of secular adoption we can now begin to discuss the spiritual adoption that our God Almighty executed through the process of shedding the redemptive blood of His Son Jesus Christ on the Cross in order to bring us into His family. “God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ.” (Ephesian 1:5 NLT) This adoption wasn’t in response to our righteousness nor our prayerfulness. When we were yet sinners, we didn’t know anything about repentance. However, God had decided in advance to adopt us into His own family. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8 KJV)
“But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.” (Galatians 4:4-7 NLT)
God isn’t obligated to adopt us. He’s also not required to redeem us through the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ. In fact, man was slated for the judgment of the sins they have committed; which the scripture emphatically stated that, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.” (Ezekiel 18:20 KJV) But the mercy of God prevailed for us. God didn’t treat redeemed sinners as slaves that don’t deserve fair treatment. Moreover, through the powerful processes of redemption, God Almighty our Heavenly Father elevated our status before Him. He adopted us to become His sons and daughters. Our spiritual adoption isn’t a constitutional right or our personal entitlement. It came to us by His mercy and compassion through the platform of His grace. “The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ …” (Romans 8:15-17 NIV) Today, the grace of God had taken us to a new level in our relationship with our Heavenly Father whereby we can come to the throne of grace and call Abba Father in our prayer with assurance that our prayer will not be ignored.
Perhaps you’re yet to come under the canopy of His love. In this short admonition, the mercy of God has been extended to you through His word. Seek His face today and come and take your rightful position in the family of God through His spiritual adoption.
Prayer: O Lord, let your merciful eyes locate me and let your hand of love draw me unto you and welcome me into the fold of your holy and righteous family so that I can become a joint heir with our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.