ODJ: divine adoption

May 8, 2015 

READ: Galatians 4:1-7 

Because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father” (v.6).

Adopting two boys from Russia opened Russell Moore’s eyes to the privilege of being a child of God. People would ask, “Are they really brothers?” “Have you met their real mum?” Moore simply replied, “Of course they’re brothers. They’re both in our family. And their real mum is my wife.”

Moore’s experience with his sons mirrors how God brings us into fellowship with Himself. For every believer in Jesus enters the family by adoption and by being supernaturally reborn as a child of God (Galatians 4:6). Adoption isn’t an adjective describing a second-class kind of Christian. It’s a past tense verb, describing how we became part of God’s diverse family.

Romans 8:15-17 describes two benefits of adoption. “The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’ . . . Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ” (NIV).

If you are a believer in Jesus . . .

God is your Father. The Creator of the universe chose you to be His child. He didn’t choose you because you were special. His choice makes you special. You may talk to Him whenever you want, and He truly desires to hear from you. You’ve been both adopted by Him and born into His family (1 John 3:9). All believers have experienced rebirth through salvation.

You are His child. God isn’t being gender-exclusive when He says you have been adopted “to sonship”. In the first century, many cultures held that only sons had the right of inheritance. Your Father wants you to know that whether you’re a son or daughter you will inherit His kingdom—for you’ve been adopted by Him!

—Mike Wittmer

365-day-plan: Job 1:1-22

Read Ephesians 1:3-14 to learn more about the benefits of being adopted by God. 
How has your adoption by God changed the way you view yourself? What privilege of being His child do you need to remember today?