Week 13 Word: Adopted
Week 13 Text: Ephesians 1:4-6
Written By: Mendy Shriver
“Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.”(Ephesians 1:4-6 NLT)
Adoption is a heavy topic. Even though I’ve experienced it first hand, I can’t even fully convey the feelings and experiences we’ve had through the adoption process. In the words of John Piper, “Adoption is greater than the universe.” I could try to explain it by detailing our journey, but when I look at my daughters, I see Jesus. I see redemption. I see love.
In college, I had a roommate named Faith. I remember Faith as a joyful girl with strawberry blond hair. One night in our musty basement dorm room, she held me as I moaned with emptiness. I longed for my father’s unconditional love. He hadn’t been the father I needed, and it had recently upset me. Faith found me crying on the cold tile floor. She plopped down and immediately wrapped her arms around me. Faith uttered these words as I left heartbroken tears on her shoulder:
“Mendy, let Jesus fill this void. He will never let you go. You are HIS daughter. Jesus is proud of you. His love is big. Let Him love you through this. Listen to His voice.”
…and so I did. And so I do. Every Father’s Day when the broken tears return, I remember Faith’s words and I listen to God’s voice. Jesus adopted me. Jesus adopted us all. Adoption is God’s plan for His people. From the beginning of creation, Jesus was there. Still now, He welcomes us into His arms as the Father we may have never known. Like earthly adoption, the redemption story is messy, hard, long, and worth fighting for. Christ fought for us from creation all the way to the cross. Like a parent feels with a rebelling teen, adoption is God’s way of saying, “Hey, you crazy wandering people. EVEN your sin will not keep Me from loving you.”
Because He first healed my heart on that cold, hard dorm floor, I will do my part in His Kingdom to love our daughters as Christ first loved me. My prayer is that more people will begin to feel the tender call of Jesus and embrace the fullness He has for them. In addition, I pray more people will embrace the possibility that we are all called to care for the “orphans and the widows in their affliction.” (James 1:27)
Dear sister, what will you do? How will you get uncomfortable and partner with God to help heal orphans’ hearts? Will you first let Him in, to heal your own heart?
Adoption is redemption and the purest form of love we humans will ever know. Our small human minds will always struggle to comprehend it. I will leave you with this short video from the articulate, relatable, and sometimes intense, David Platt.
His words always leave me asking myself, “Mendy, what will you do? How will you get uncomfortable and partner with God to help heal the orphans’ hearts? Will you continue to let God heal your own heart?”
1. Do you believe in your heart of hearts that God calls you his daughter? If you don’t have an example of a loving father, take some time today to lean into the scripture (Ephesians 1:4-6) and let it’s truth wash over you.
2. If you haven’t already, take 5 minutes to listen to this: Adoption Story- David Platt.
3. Do you know anyone who is adopted, anyone who has adopted a child or anyone who participates in foster care in anyway? Maybe you know someone (maybe it’s yourself) who needs to be reminded that our Heavenly Father has adopted her into His family. Encourage them somehow this week.