Adoption is certainly not a contentious issue, yet it is viewed very differently within Islam and Christianity. The rightness and beauty of adoption is so obvious to me, not only because it is clearly a biblical concept, but because it so wonderfully demonstrates the love of God for his people.
I am amazed to think that God would actually adopt sinful creatures into his family so that by faith in Jesus Christ we become sons and daughters. Here are a few verses that demonstrate this reality.
14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God” – Romans 8:14-16
12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. – John 1:12-13
1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. – 1 John 3:1
Many of our friends have adopted. We have seen them bring children into their families that do not look like them, children that were unwanted and even uncared for. But now everything has changed for these children. They are wanted. They are cared for. They have a mom and a dad who will do anything for them. Many of them have brothers and sisters who love them. These parents made a choice. They chose to bring a child not their own into their families. They chose to love these children as their own. This is a picture of God’s choice. He too chose those who were not his, those who were in fact unlovely and disobedient to him. “Those who were not my people I will call ‘my people,’ and her who was not beloved I will call ‘beloved.’ And in the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ there they will be called ‘sons of the living God’” (Romans 9:25-26, quoting the prophet Hosea).
Watch the video below and see this beautiful picture of God’s love for us lived out in the love of these parents for their son Isaiah.
HT: Vitamin Z