2002-03-14 - The Spirit of Adoption
Romans 8:23 And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. (NAS)
My Brother-in-Law and his wife just recently adopted a tiny little boy from Cambodia. The flight was 22 hours one way and 26 hours the other way. They named their new son Luca. He cried most of the way home on the plane. I can not imagine that. He eats well and is doing just fine. Mom and Dad are struggling with two little boys under three, but they are not complaining for a minute. Their other son is adopted from Brazil. So there were long plane flights involved there too. The endless forms and interviews all seem a shadow in the past and well worth it all I'm sure.
They also brought back from Cambodia photos and stories of a country struggling to recover from decades of social and political devastation. Pictures of the killing fields, where thousands upon thousands of people were murdered by their own government, brought a lump into Dan's throat. More pictures of temples that had been hidden in the jungle for centuries with buildings that were a millenia old had tourists walking the paths and staring in awe.
The government officials and the people at the orphanage were all very gracious and very happy for the group of couples that were adopting the little ones. They wrote the letters and made sure the paperwork was in order and preparation that needed to be done. While I'm sure that someday Luca may read and study about his heritage, he will probably never comprehend the privation he was spared by the kindness of his new mother and father. The availability of medicine at the orphanage is so scant that things that would be treated and not worried about here are life-threatening there.
In a similar but larger way, Jesus endured the cross for us. The Holy Spirit called to us to come to the Lord who would pull us out of the situation we were unable to change. And while we can study the Bible and know that we were saved from the certainty of eternal separation from God - Hell, we will never ever be able to understand the depth of the debt we owe to Someone Who selflessly sought us out and paid the price for our redemption.
I am told that adopted children often envy children born into families. While there is something special about the gift that God gives parents, there is another powerful side to this thought. Children who are adopted into families are chosen, as opposed to being given. If God is truly in control, then He directs the paths of parents both through adoption and through birth. Both are very special in their own way. And we who know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord know the spirit of adoption. He chose us before time began to save us and spend eternity with us. If we are the adopted sons and daughters of God, then we are Princes and Princesses and heirs of the Kingdom that is coming.
Romans 8:15 For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father." (NAS)
Lord Jesus - keep us mindful of who we are in You and of the love beyond measure that has been poured into our lives to save us. Amen.
Grace & Peace,