The threads of being chosen and being adopted intertwine. Being adopted is exciting. When a child is adopted, it means that he or she is chosen. Parents could have selected a different child or possibly selected no child at all. There is something so indescribably beautiful about adoption. A child transitions from being alone, to belonging in a family. There’s completion to it. The waiting is over. It has taken place.
“he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,” (Ephesians 1:5 ESV)
Immediately before the words of verse five there are two others, “In love.” Adoption points out what was and what is. Something was missing, torn, or separate. Now there is wholeness.
We will get caught up in the trials of a day; yet, we are still adopted.
Our circumstances may be difficult, even impossible, but we are loved still.
Our feelings of aloneness may be overwhelming. The truth is we have a loving, gracious Father Who chose this relationship with us. He is ready to hear those feelings. He is prepared for our whimpers and cries. He isn’t just ready, He wants them. Why? He wants us! The Father wants to take our heavy burdens and our regrets. He doesn’t want us to carry them anymore! Are we ready to let go?
Jesus said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’”(Matthew 11:28-30)
Pain and separation and emptiness are our past. God, in His love “predestined us for adoption to himself.”
How did He do this? Through Jesus Christ we are adopted.
Why did God do this? According to the purpose of His will God did this miraculous work!
I will not earn a place in His family. My Father wanted me here.
“You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!”
Thank you for adopting me! I am so glad you take me, my burdens and regrets. Thank you that You change me and give me reason to sing Your praises! In Jesus Holy Name, Amen.
Here’s a wonderful song that has everything to do with Ephesians 1:5. I hope you enjoy, “I’m Adopted!” by Randall Goodgame: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmmxYMBzDY8
How does being adopted by God change things for you?
How does being adopted into His family affect the way you care for others?