Jehovah was not in the wind. And after the wind, an earthquake: Jehovah was not in the earthquake.
And after the earthquake, a fire: Jehovah was not in the fire. And after the fire, a soft gentle voice. (1Kings 19:11-12)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Who Am I? {Adopted} In Christ {Day 23} #31Days

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.”
(Galatians 4:4-6)

There is a little girl in China being prayed for everyday in Canada.

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.
(Ephesians 1:5)

He has personally adopted us as 'children of God'. We have positionally become heirs of God.

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.

"We have been adopted by God the Father, and that fact has completely changed our future."
~ Jerry Bridges, 'Who Am I? '
We have been chosen before the beginning of time, to receive an inheritance, privileges, and obligations as children of God, joint heirs with Jesus Christ, to share in His sufferings as well as His glory.

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.

I once was an outcast stranger on earth, 
A sinner by choice, and alien by birth,
But I've been adopted, my name's written down, 
An heir to a mansion, a robe and a crown.  
 I’m a child of the King,
A child of the King:
With Jesus my Savior,
I’m a child of the King.

'A Child of the King' by Harriet Buell 


This is Day 23 for the series: 31 Days: Who am I? {In Christ} Who is the I AM. 
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  1. I never grow tired of being reminded of my "adoption" into God's family. Amazing! And all of those families here on earth waiting for and tirelessly pursuing adoption? That's amazing, too. Glad to be a neighbor of yours at Jen's today.

  2. The scripture at the beginning is one of my favorites. Thanks for this beautiful reminder. Stopping by from #tellhisstory

  3. Best of luck on your adoption journey! "We came with needs. We were without hope and rejected."~LOVE this!

  4. What a tender love story, so much like the Father's heart... to see and know us, even when we feel abandoned and all alone, orphans.

    My heart squeezed when you brought out the Scripture about God adopting us... what LOVE! Amazing love. I really enjoyed your post here. I came in from Beth's place at Three Word Wednesday... I'm delighted to meet you :)

  5. What a great 31 days series. And today's on adoption is wonderful. Our son joined our family via adoption in 2007, and we are currently waiting another adoption. I am often thinking of the parallels to faith. Grateful for our adoption by Him.
    Stopping by from Jennifer Dukes Lee

  6. I think this may be my favorite of your series! "It is not an overstatement to say that in our adoption, we have been given more than we ever could have imagined." Not an overstatement at all --- He will do so much more than we could ever imagine. Thank you Rebekah for your beautiful words and for linking up for Three Word Wednesday.


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