As followers of Christ, we are predestined for adoption (Eph. 1:5). We are redeemed as sons and daughters (Gal. 4:5). We have received “the Spirit of adoption” (Romans 8:15) which leads us to cry “Abba! Father!” The Bible is FILLED with examples of adoption from Moses to Jesus.
Adoption is near and dear to the Father’s heart. It should be near and dear to ours as well. Adoption is nothing to be ashamed of and, instead, should be celebrated. Yet – it is humanly possible to forget. Because when a child becomes yours – when you are the one that wipes the tears and runny noses, when you are the one that gives hugs and kisses, when you are the one that child calls “mama” or “daddy” – the child has not just been given the right to be called your child but that is who that child is.
1 John 3:1-2 says, “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”
This verse reminds me of some of the most beautiful words I have ever heard. As the judge declared that now taller than average little girl our daughter, he said these words “It is so ordered.” Our great high priest and judge of the universe declares us His Children. I don’t believe God dwells on our adoption status, but, instead, He dwells on us as His beloved children. It was so ordered long before our births, and is more precious than an earthly adoption could ever be. And as the mama of a perfect princess, that is saying a lot.