But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law.
God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law,
so that he could adopt us as his very own children.
And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts,
prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.”
She is now living with hundreds of other children who are without father or mother, without hope, rejected as outcasts. But there is one girl who is being chosen to be brought into the loving arms of a Daddy and Mama who are longing to meet the one they have been pursuing.
The process has been long, costly, and legal.
There has been much red-tape and even more real trust.
This Mama waiting to bring her child home, tells me she has been challenge to trust and wait in faith for this one she loves in her heart already. They have given her a name so they can pray specifically, but they don't know yet what she looks like, or when she will come home to their loving embrace.
When she does come home to them she will need medical care right away. They are extending open arms to one who has been cast aside and is without any hope, but they not only give her a new name, a new identity, but a new hope, and healing beyond what she ever could have dreamed.
She will come home with special needs and they will do everything within their love and power to provide for her beyond the basic necessities of life.
The process of adoption takes faith, perseverance, desire, time, love, grace and resources.
It is costly and must be legal.
Not unlike the adoption we have received by God.
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.
It was costly. The payment required was the blood of His own Son.
It had to be legal. Justification secured our legal relationship with God and He declared us righteous in Christ.
He desired it. Through adoption He called the ones He longs for His children.
We came with needs. We were without hope and rejected.
God, according to His riches, has given us a new name, a new identity, a new hope and healed us beyond what we ever could have imagined.
Adoption in ancient Rome took place to secure the desired heir. The inheritance would be passed down to the heir and a grown man would be chosen to be adopted to become the rightful heir and continue the family name.
One day we will be taken home and the process will be compete.
It is not an overstatement to say that in our adoption, we have been given more than we ever could have imagined.