Recently I’ve been pondering adoption and reminding myself that adoption is God’s idea. He adopted us. And I’ve been marinating and thinking about the blessings and the safety and sense of belonging that comes with being adopted into His family.
Right now, God has put adoption on my heart, but adoption of a different kind. The adoption God has placed on my heart is my street, my person of peace, my suburb, my school, my nation. It’s a spiritual adoption, I guess- an adoption starting in purposeful daily prayer.
As adoption requires time – before, during and after – in the natural, it’s the same in the spiritual. This is going to take time. Maybe God will put someone on your heart to ‘adopt’. Maybe it’s a family member who needs salvation, maybe it’s your street and your neighbours, maybe it’s your suburb, or local school, or our nation.
What if we daily, purposely and passionately took 5 minutes out of our day to pray and ‘adopt’ someone spiritually…. What would we see as we open the doors for new family members to be welcomed into the Kingdom of God?
So, some thoughts I’ve had on the adoption process:
Adoption is costly. There is a financial and emotional cost to adoption. God’s price was Jesus, and the cost to us, as we take this adoption process up, will be our time. Time to pray, time to respond to what God leads us to do. Time to spend on those we are praying for.
Adoption involves legal status. My friend adopted a daughter and it’s for life. No going back. Her daughter is now legally family. When she adopted her daughter, it was just as she is. No strings attached to their love of her, and whilst they no doubt pray for her and have expectations and dreams for her, if none of those were ever achieved, they would still love her and she will always be family. So may it be with those you adopt spiritually. Change of character may be slow, but be patient; remind yourself of God’s great patience and grace He has for you. We need to love others into the Kingdom. Allow His love and His grace to penetrate their heart. All we do is carry the presence of our Saviour to them.
Adoption will bring blessing and change into their lives. God’s Daddy-heart longs to draw His lost kids deep into His arms and restore them to His love, and through His love, they will receive change and restoration. God is on the move and nothing is impossible for Him!
So, I’m challenged to ask God, who can I adopt? Where can I start, as just a girl who loves God. I’ve got 5 minutes a day to sow prayerfully into someone’s life. I really want to adopt others and put the Family ‘Welcome-mat’ out to those in our world.
Are you able to adopt? Who has God lovingly placed on your heart for such a time as this?
Romans 8:12-17 in The Message tells us this:
“… get on with your new life. God’s Spirit beckons. There are things to do and places to go! This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance!”