What does accepted, not rejected really mean? It means that Christ took us in while we were yet sinners. We didn't have to be "good" enough, we didn't have to be "worthy" enough, we didn't even have to be working hard to get His attention. We were lost, broken, and not really a good candidate for adoption. Yet, He adopted us into His Family through salvation. There are many scriptures that speak about adoption, here are a few and what they infer;
John 20:17 - Adopted into the Family
Romans 8:15 – Spirit of Adoption
Galatians 4:6 & 7 – Adopted slaves become sons
Romans 8:15 & 16 – Adopted to inherit
Romans 8:14 – Adopted ones led.
2 Corinthians 6:18 – By adoption we have a Father
Proverbs 14:26 – Adoption brings safety
Wow, adoption, what a powerful word that we tend to ignore when looking at our spiritual life. Webster says this about adoption; “to choose, to take legally into one’s family and raise as one’s own, to take as your own. To choose or accept.” How fantastic to be chosen by God, to be offered a place in the heavenly family. He picked us up out of a place of loneliness, a place where we were eternally orphaned with no Kingdom hope.
What a perfect picture of our Heavenly Father as He draws us unto himself, taking on all of the responsibility for who we have been, what we have become and what we shall be in Him. Not responsibility in the sense of doing everything for us and making every decision for us, we need to take on those decisions that cause us to make responsible choices. God takes responsibility by making a way for us in all things. He does it by being a righteous Redeemer. He does it by being our ever-present Shepard, taking care in making our future fulfill the potential we have in Christ as we surrender to Him, rest in Him and follow Him.
Look at what God said in the Old Testament about His people. “For you are a holy people to the Lord your God, and the Lord has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.” That makes the Family of God very special people. This carries over to us today as reflected in Romans 8:15, “For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, Abba, Father.” We go from not belonging to belonging. He paid the ultimate cost for you and I on the cross. That is a Fathers heart!
We all have the need to be wanted, the need to belong to something that gives us an assurance of who we are, something to identify with. You could say that in the beginning, in the Garden we lost our connection to our spiritual family by the severing of the intimate relationship between Adam and Eve and God. Even though we betrayed His trust, He gave us our choices in life while never giving up on us, always leaving the door of adoption open. We became in a sense spiritual wandering children with no roots to anchor our spiritual future on. God saw to it that we had a way back into the Family of God.
Adoptions can be very costly in a monetary sense, they can be expensive. People go into an adoption on purpose and with a purpose, they do it with the intent to complete the intimate feelings of Family. God went through the adoption process at the cross. He sent His Son Jesus to shed blood, the blood that became the purchase price to complete our adoption in the Family of God. You see, you are adopted into God’s Family because He desires you, because He wants a unique and intimate relationship with you. You are chosen. Our adoption wipes out all fear that we may have in the holy presence of God, it allows us to look at Him as our loving Father. It empowers us to pray to Him as our Father, trusting and expecting the best from Him as we truly become grafted into His Family.
By being adopted into His Family we receive all the rights of inheritance and will join in everlasting life with our Father. Galatians 4:6-7 confirms this to us. God says that He has sent the Spirit of the Son into our hearts. Verse 7 says, “therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.” There is something so special about adoption, just knowing that out of all of those available you were chosen and given the name and full rights of the Family. Inheritance is activated by death – both on earth & in Heaven. Death on earth activates a earthly inheritance. Death to self through salvation activates an inheritance in God's Kingdom, God's passing on to us all that He is.
There is something else that being adopted into the Family brings; it brings a place of safety, a place of refuge. Proverbs 14:26 talks about this, “In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, and His children will have a place of refuge.” There is power in the name of the Lord and we have that name emblazoned within us as an adopted member of the Family. We have all power and authority in our adopted name, the name of Jesus!
Just as the earthly adoption in the natural brings us under the rules and regulations of the “House,” we need to become subject to the discipline of our adopted “Heavenly Father.” It is by living according to the discipline of our Heavenly Father that the Glory of our “Father” is borne out through us. We become a reflection of our Father. We take on His image as we progress in His likeness.
Once we are adopted into Gods family we live in His house, so to speak. We are protected by the four walls of His house. Satan can stand in the front yard, jumping and yelling, trying to create havoc for us, but he can't get in the house. He may press his nose against the window and try to scare us, but, no deal. All we need to do is call for our Father, HE IS HOME! Then, open the door and yell that your Father is on the way.
Yes, there is great benefit to being adopted by Christ. Let’s never lose sight of who we are in Him, chosen, accepted with intent and made sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father. Rejoice, you have the full right to inherit all that is the Father’s. We are a blessed people.