Have you ever adopted a cat or a dog from the pound? If so, you probably know, although you may have never thought much about it, that in reality, I’m rescuing this animal. Not to try to take the analogy too far, but we know what happens to un-rescued animals. Another interesting angle is that the animals themselves have absolutely nothing to do with their rescue. They have no control whatsoever in their destiny.
Believe it or not there are some similarities in that adoption and our own. You do know that you and I were adopted right? Listen to the language of Ephesians 1:5 –
“He (God) predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,”
God literally adopted us. What does that mean? Well, for starters it must mean we were in some sense orphans. Spiritually speaking, we were alone, uncared for, dead, without hope and utterly stranded without help. But then, in God’s grace and kindness, He rescued and adopted us as His very own children. Not because of anything we did or deserved, but merely out of his mercy and love for us. The intention and result is a change of status, planned from eternity and mediated by Jesus Christ.
Another example of this is Pharaoh’s daughter adopting Moses. Acts 7:21 makes it clear that,
“when he was exposed, Pharaoh’s daughter adopted him and brought him up as her own son.”
Pharaoh’s daughter saw the infant Moses floating in a basket in the Nile River and she had compassion on him and adopted him as her own son. The phrase “when he was exposed” hints at the dangers all around Moses as he laid in that basket completely unaware of his plight. Any number of things could have happened to him, but God protected him and moved in the heart of Pharaoh’s daughter to rescue him and even further make him her own.
That’s exactly what God did for us when He sent His only Son to become one of us. The Father made the way for us to be His sons and daughters. Think about it. The God who created the heavens and the earth, the God who formed mountains, shaped rivers, created every grain of sand and spoke oceans into existence with the words of His mouth . . . that God loved you and me so much that HE sent His only son into the world to make a way for you and I to be. . . His. He even enabled us through regeneration to have the gift of faith! He literally adopted you to become His son or daughter for His glory as you responded to Him in faith.
Adoption. I like that word. I’ve experienced it physically and spiritually. I never knew my biological parents. Not long after I was born I was adopted into a family not of my blood. Some thirteen years later I was adopted again, but this time by the God who created me to be one of His very own. I didn’t do a thing to deserve that kind of love and I’m so grateful to God who loves me that much. I’m grateful to be alive both physically and spiritually. Adoption. . . it’s a great word full of hope and destiny!