What it Means to Be Adopted

I watched a Dancing With The Stars video yesterday that brought me to tears. Before dancing the Viennese Waltz to Chris Tomlin’s “Good Good Father,” Olympic gymnast Simone Biles emotionally talks about being removed from her mother’s home at a young age and placed in foster care before being adopted by her grandfather. 

I can’t relate to what Simone has been through, being taken from her mother and put into foster care, but I can relate to one thing. I’m adopted, too.

My parents divorced when I was six years old, and shortly afterward we stopped hearing from our biological father. When I was 11, my mother remarried, and when I was 12, our step-dad adopted us, making us his own.

What does it mean to be adopted? 

The dictionary definition, “to legally take another’s child and bring it up as one’s own,” is accurate, but also incomplete. Adoption is a choice, a commitment, and a grace. To adopt a child says, “I choose you to be my child, I make you my own heir, I graft you into my family tree forever.”

If you pull up my birth certificate, you’ll find my adoptive father listed as my father. As far as the law is concerned, he IS my father. As far as I’m concerned, he’s my father. Family tree lines have been rewritten.

In the same way, God rewrites family tree lines when He adopts us as His own. 

“He predestined us for adoption as His sons through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of His will…” Ephesians 1:5

Or, as the New Living Translation explains it:

“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.”

And there are many, many other verses about how God adopts as his own children through salvation. (Luke 12:32, Matthew 25:34, Romans 8:14, Romans 8:16Romans 8:29, Romans 8:30, Ephesians 1:11, Philippians 2:13, 1 John 3:1) The old has passed, the new has come.

No longer are we children of the world, but children of the Most High God! 

Just like my biological father’s DNA is still in me, our earthly “DNA” is still in us when we become children of God. Just like I became more and more like my new adoptive father as I spent more time with him, we become more and more like Jesus as we spend more time with him. Sometimes Satan will try to remind us of our earthly DNA, or try to convince us that we aren’t worthy to be called heirs with Christ. But friends, when God calls you His son or daughter, nothing Satan can say can make that untrue.

And God is SUCH a good, good Father. And you are His, and you are loved by Him. 

Do you believe that today?

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Amber Oliver

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