The Spirit of Adoption

“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” ~ Romans 8:14-15

The Book of Romans Chapter 8 provides an explanation of who we are in Christ. The Apostle Paul begins the chapter with “no condemnation,” and ends with “no separation” for those who are in Christ. Through the selfless love of God, we experience an adoption that not only washes us clean of our sins, sets us up as joint heirs with Christ, and frees us from the bondage of fear, but it also seals us to God with a loving trust that allows us in boldness to cry out “Abba! Father!” The Romans to whom Paul wrote understood the process of legal adoption, entitling the adopted heir to become one with the adopter. In Roman practice this assurance of adoption of God created an impression of a oneness with the Heavenly Father. As an adoptive mother, I have been blessed with the ongoing joy which adoption offers. When we seek to welcome a child into our homes and hearts, we receive a picture of the perfect Father who seeks to welcome condemned orphans with no hope into his home and heart to become his rightful children. With adoption comes an assurance that you are not a mistake. Though there are unplanned pregnancies, there are no unplanned adoptions. We have been sought, rescued from hopelessness and abandonment, and adopted at a great price into God’s family. We are secure in a perfect love that casts out all fear.Who shall separate us from this love? Can trials, or distress, or persecution? Can famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 8:37-39). You have the right through adoption to cry out, “Abba! Father!” with the knowledge that he is there for you.

If the weight of your circumstances is taking your focus off that which you have received from God through Christ Jesus, take some time to reflect on His word and remember that you are chosen, loved, and valued by the God of Creation. Let us never forget that everyone has a story that has brought them to where they are today. May we always be His hands and love in this world.
Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: