The Joy and Gravity of Adoption
OK – – 7 Best Sentences You’ll Ever Read (I added two more after I wrote the title…)
- You were bought with a price. ~
- For you were called to freedom, brothers. ~
- If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. ~
- God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. ~
- Salvation belongs to the LORD; Your blessing be on all Your people! ~
- Abound in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. ~
- In God’s unique Son, by faith, we are no longer slaves, but adopted sons—and amazingly, heirs with Jesus of all he inherits. ~–7 (via Ian McConnell)
What sentences are the best you’ve ever read?
20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. (ESV)
13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. (ESV)
36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (ESV)
8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (ESV)
8 Salvation belongs to the Lord;
your blessing be on your people! Selah (ESV)
58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. (ESV)
4:1 I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave, though he is the owner of everything, (ESV)
God has not called my family to pursue adoption, but God has called us to adoption. Let me explain…
My brother and his family pursued adoption because God led them to pursue it. As a result God led my family to pursue adoption– what I call extended adoption. Adoption does not happen in a historical vacuum, nor is adoption limited to the immediate family. Those of us in the extended family have been called to adoption along with them.
We support, accept, and love these children who have been adopted. In fact, I can’t help but treat the adopted children like any other child in the family. After all, they are Cruvers. They have the full rights and privileges of the Cruver household – even the extended Cruver households.
Adoption is a family affair, an extended family affair. It is a community affair.
God, Who is the eternal Community of Three in One, extended Himself in the Spirit to include all those who believe in Jesus, thereby establishing an extended community of persons. (See this video for background to what I mean). All those who believe in Jesus are included in the family of God with the full rights and privileges of being God’s sons and daughters. We are born into God’s family within the confines of community.
Likewise, those adopted in a family are also adopted into the extended family, into the confines of familial community.
God did not call us to adoption but to adoption.