Born to be Adopted

There are two ways to become a member of a family. Birth and adoption. Adoption is the highest form of the two. In adoption, parents choose to bring a child into their family out of pure love rather than a biological necessity or obligation. It’s the greatest expression of selfless love. 

Wanting to show us the highest form of love, God chose to adopt us. This is what we learn in Galatians 4:4-5, “But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.” 

Here is the big idea for today: Jesus was born so that we could be adopted! 

Paul dives deeper into this profound reality by telling us that Jesus was born of a human mother so that we could have a heavenly Father. Through His incarnation, Jesus bridged the gap between us and God. By joining the human family, Jesus opened the way for us to become a part of the divine family. 

In addition, Paul tells us that Jesus was born under the law so that we could be set free from the law. He took responsibility for obeying the law perfectly on our behalf so that we could be freed from that impossible obligation. His sacrificial death atoned for our failures to obey, releasing us from an insurmountable debt we could never repay.

But God’s grace goes even further. Because we are now His children, God sends His Spirit into our hearts to cry out with our hearts, “Abba, Father!” Adoption isn’t a theory, it’s an experience. The very Spirit of God resonates in the very core of our being, that we are indeed God’s kids!

Let’s embrace the profound love of our Heavenly Father today. He brought us into His family through Jesus, not out of obligation or necessity but out of pure and perfect love.

Take a moment, sit quietly, and let the Holy Spirit cry out with your Spirit, “Abba, Father!”
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