“So be encouraged that not only is it [adopting a child] a beautiful thing to imitate, but that your own experience of it is the guarantee that God your Father will be there for you in every single challenge you face in adoption. There is the connection from the vertical and the horizontal. Because of our experience of the vertical, we can now take the massive risks of the horizontal knowing that he is going to be there for us in every way.”
“Christ died that we might live. This is the opposite of abortion. Abortion kills that someone might live differently.”
“God is always doing 10,000 things in your life, and you may be aware of three of them.”
“Sin is what you do if you are not satisfied in God”
One of the final official documents concluding the adoption process is a letter from the Department of Social Development, informing you that the adoption has been processed and finalised by the Registrar of Adoption.
One sentence that stands out to me from this document is the following:
“Your adopted child is now seen as being born from you”
What a powerful statement! I can’t help but reflect on this sentence and relate it back to our adoption into God’s family by the work of Jesus Christ. When we accept Christ by faith we are adopted into God’s family as His sons and daughters. In the very same way an adopted child becomes as much part of a family as a biological child.
“In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.” Ephesians 1:4b-6
That means we are legitimate children of God – sharing in the same privileges, the same love and the same fellowship that Jesus has with His Father! Praise the Lord – for He is the author of adoption!
As John Piper wisely said: “Adoption is greater than the Universe, before the universe, above the universe and most of all it is the purpose of the universe”
“The Gospel is not a picture of adoption, adoption is a picture of the Gospel.”
“The great challenge of adoption and orphan care ministry is to cultivate a death-defying passion for God above all things. A faith that rests in him whether living or dying, whether comfortable or miserable, whether successful in our orphan care or not. Our aim is to cultivate and spread the unshakable confidence that God is better than what life can give us and what death can take from us.”
“….God is graciously involved in our adoptions. He has done it Himself. He knows what it costs. And He stands ready to support us all the way to the end.”