Lately, I’ve been hearing and seeing so many stories of friends and friends –of –friends, wanting to adopt or have already adopted. Whether it’s adding to their family or their very first child, stories of waiting, anticipation, heartache, and beautiful unions have been filling the pages of my newsfeed. YouTube videos of families meeting their children for the first time have caused me to immediately weep. Even just seeing titles of articles, I start to get emotional. With all these beautiful stories, my mind has started to wonder, hey! I too am adopted. No, Moose and Wendy are still my biological parents (who are awesome, by the way), but as Christians, we are adopted into the family of God when we profess Jesus as Lord (Rom 10:9). But what does that mean? What does it look like to be apart of God’s family? To have God as our Father?
During New Testament Roman times, which Paul refers to throughout his writings, all children, at any age, could be adopted. What that meant was that by becoming apart of a new family, all debts and obligations that were apart of their life with their old family, was eradicated and abolished, as if there were none at all. Children would lose all rights to their old families, but gain new rights with their new families. Children were now able to be co-heirs of their new families inheritance. That is, whatever the Father owned, was now owned by the children and the children were co-heirs with their siblings. They, now, came from a new lineage, had new heritage, as if they were never even apart of their old lives.
So what does this mean for us then? As children of God, we are new creations. Our old lives are gone and we have gained new lives. Our identities have completely changed. No longer are we dead to life, but have been made new in Christ. No longer do we owe anything for our sins against God because Jesus paid that in full for us.
We, as children and co-heirs with Christ, have received every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms. And like my friends who are adopting or have adopted, it was God’s pleasure and will to choose us to be apart of His ever-growing family. He lavishes us with grace and all wisdom and understanding (Eph 1:3-14). What my friends are doing, and what anyone who adopts is doing, is a beautiful glimpse of Christ’s love and what he accomplished on the cross. Most of these children are coming from rough circumstances and because of the love of these parents, are now entering a life full of belonging and hope.
What life are you choosing to live in: your old life that no longer exists, that died with Christ on the cross? Or your new life in Jesus as a child, free with the fullness of Christ dwelling in your very being?