This has been a weekend of adoption celebrations for us! Like I said in my last post, November is National Adoption Month, and I just can’t seem to say enough about this wonderful experience!
Last night, we attended a fundraising banquet for an adoption agency. While we did not adopt through this agency, it was important to us to show our support for adoption as a whole. Everyone can share the pros and cons of working through an agency or with an attorney or with Family Services. We have the opportunity to know different people who have used all three services in their own adoptions, so we know firsthand the roller coaster ride that can exist with all three. But we weren’t there for the agency. We were there to support adoption.
Then tonight we were invited to an adoption party, celebrating three young boys who came to our friends through the foster system and who were finally being legally made a part of their “forever family.” As we joined in their celebration, we noticed infants, toddlers, and young children – all who are either currently in the foster system or have just been adopted. Each child’s story is unique, and each child has been accepted into a loving home, where they are wanted and needed. Families were made whole thanks to the wonderful act of adoption.
God obviously advocates adoption! After all, the Bible says that we are “predestined. . .for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ” (Eph. 1:5). We are lost, worthless sinners, who are left “fatherless” in our sin; we are separated from our heavenly Father because we are children of this world. But God wants us, loves us, longs for us to be a part of His family – just as an adoptive family wants, loves, and longs for the children they choose to be in their family.
Galatians 3:29 says, “Andif you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring,heirs according to promise.” When we accept God’s offer to join His family (because the choice is left up to us), we immediately become His children and are able to inherit all of the riches and glories that He has promised to His children! When we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior, we can then cry out to Him, “Abba, Father” (Rom. 8:15)! I’m adopted, and the payment for my adoption was the blood of Jesus Christ! Are you adopted, too?
Is adoption biblical? Of course, it is! Just look at Moses, who was meant to die as a baby by the hand of an evil pharaoh but instead saved through adoption by the pharaoh’s own daughter (Ex. 1:15-22)! And consider the background of Queen Esther, an orphan who was raised by her cousin Mordecai after her own parents were killed! She became known as the beautiful queen who saved her people, the Jews, from certain annihilation (just read the book of Esther)!
Adoption is not just for those who can’t conceive on their own! It’s a process that God has called every believer to support. It’s an action that is meant to be carried out by those who love God. If you have experienced adoption through God our Father, then why are you turning a deaf ear to His call for earthly adoptions? How are you loving these children in need right now, in this instance? No, I don’t think that every family is called to adopt, but we are all called to help. So now what are you going to do?