To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. (Gal 4:5-7 KJVA)
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. (Romans 8:15-17 KJVA)
Adoption is one of the kindest acts in the entire bible. The Lord takes those who are not wanted and makes them His own. Along with this adoption come all the benefits of being an heir. The thought of actually being a joint-heir with Christ is incomprehensible. This miracle can only be accomplished as God enters into covenant with Himself on our behalf as He did with Abraham. Our only contribution to this phenomenon is that of giving God our retched condemned lives.
Today God expects us to follow this same pattern so we too may become adopters of the unwantedâ€”making them the wanted. Being grafted into the family of God means you stand with the privileged.
I realize there are many who have actually been adopted yet feel unwanted and unloved because of the rejection of their parents. They not only feel unloved and unwanted but the spirit of unworthiness gnaws away at their very soul by telling them theyâ€™re not worthy.
Growing up in the late 30s, 40s, and early 50s I was adopted into many homesâ€”even though I was never legally adopted. Unlike the above who felt unwanted, I felt wanted by a lot of people. I may have lacked in many things, but I never lacked in being wanted.
As I think back on those early days perhaps my greatest asset was the ability to see the glass half full rather than half empty.
I canâ€™t imagine not having those early life experiences. Each one was needed in building my character and preparing me for my lifeâ€™s ministry. I honestly have a deep appreciation for my journey and realize it was unique.
Perhaps my life was a bit usual because it didnâ€™t fit into the typical pattern of an adoptee. The spirit of sorrow (1 Samuel 1:15) never invaded my mind because God had given me a thankful heart, so I never gave the spirit of sorrow any opportunity to take root.
I thank you for giving me such a unique life. I was not only wanted by so many people but you wanted me as well. I thank you for all the mothers and fathers who adopted me into their hearts and homes. However, the greatest of all adoptions was when you adopted me into the kingdom of God and made me a joint-heir with Jesus. Then you told me Lord, that I could boldly come into your presence any time I wanted. I truly am most blessed.
Apostle John Dean Copyright 2009 All Rights Reserved
Alliance International Ministries