My wife and I have been married twelve years as of 2016. During this time, God opened two doors in which we could adopt our son and daughter. With the help of DHR and Agape of Alabama, we became a family of four. In both cases, the wait was long and trying, however we could not be any happier, content, and blessed with the outcome.
In both instances, my wife and I had to stand before a judge with a room of full of family and friends as witnesses and answer one question and take one oath. The question we had to answer was why we wanted to adopt our children. The oath we had to take was to promise to provide our children all the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual support that was within our capabilities. It was a sobering moment to agree to take that oath, but it was an oath we were willing to take.
Our spiritual journeys mirror the adoption process my wife and I went through. Satan, through sin, separates us from God and leaves us as orphans in this world (Isaiah 59:2). Yet, the Bible emphasizes God having the purpose and the plan to adopt all who are willing to come to Him through His Son Jesus Christ. Ephesians 1:4-5: “even as [God] chose us in [Christ] before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will.”
Why would God be willing to adopt us knowing that we missed His mark and fell short of His glory? Ephesians 2:4 gives us the answer “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us” The Apostle Paul says the answer to the question is two-fold: mercy and love. Though we are separated from Him in our “trespasses and sins” (Eph 2:1), God purposed to show and give mercy to us through Jesus Christ and His cross. As Ephesians 2:13 says, “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” The blood of Jesus moves us from being orphans to sons.
At the same time, once we are adopted by God into His family, God makes a promise to us to provide all that we need in this life and in the life to come. Just as our adoption into God’s family is made real by Jesus’ blood so too is the oath of God to provide for us. Ephesians 1:11 states “In [Christ] we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will.”
Today, my prayer for all of us the same that the Apostle Paul has for the Ephesian church, that when it comes to our adoption as sons and daughters we all have the eyes of our “hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints.” (Ephesians 1:18)