The theme of adoption is woven throughout Scripture, serving to not only strengthen our faith but to also encourage us as we press into the needs of waiting children around the world. We’ve talked about what the Bible says about orphans and how Scripture encourages us to address their needs, now here are three more verses that remind us of how adoption has been woven into our own unique stories.
1. “In love, he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.” — Ephesians 1:5
The nature of the Gospel is clear…through his pleasure and will, God has set his radical love on us through the sacrifice of his own Son before we breathed our first breath or had the ability to do anything that might endear ourselves to him. What a marvel of God’s love on our behalf!
2. “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. So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.” —Galatians 4:4-5 & 7
Apart from Christ, we are isolated from the love and mercy of our Father. But through the cross, we have been adopted into God’s family, receiving all the benefits and blessings as his children. Moreover, we are also now full heirs of God’s rich inheritance, overflowing from his grace, mercy and love. As a natural response to the lavish love we have been given, we press into the needs of others as we join together to help restore the hope of a family to waiting children around the world.
3. “Whoever receives one such child in my name, receives me.” — Matthew 18:5
As we begin to gain a larger understanding of all we have been given through our own adoption into God’s family, we see our calling to love and become like children more clearly. For children who find themselves vulnerable and often voiceless, the call to receive them in God’s name becomes nearly palpable. When Christ tells his disciples that “whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Mt. 18:4), he is giving us a clear picture of what it looks like to love God with the best parts of ourselves. Through the miracle of adoption, we see not only how we are loved by our Father, but how we can also give ourselves to love others.
As these verses stir your heart toward the beauty of adoption, consider the ways God is calling you to care for orphans in distress. Everyone can do something, and whether you feel called to become an adoptive family or support those who wish to do so, we would love to help you discover what the Lord is calling you to in your own life!