Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ…(Eph.1:4,5a NLT)
The one thing I know for certain about adoption is the child, this precious little person, is wanted more than anything in the world! This helpless child does not have to do anything or be anything to be loved. They simply are.
I know all this because I have adopted children.
God says He adopted us! It says that even before He created the world He chose us! So if we are adopted and loved beyond belief then why do we so often walk around with an orphan spirit?
An orphan spirit according to John Long from World Harvest Mission is when my life is centered on controlling my circumstances by my will power. I think of “grace” as God’s maintaining my own strength-not as his transforming power in me. I think of “faith” as trying harder to do better and be better in order to establish a good record so that I can feel good about myself-feel significant, worthy. My obedience is focused on external, visible duties. I don’t examine my attitudes and deeper motivations. My real moral standard is, “What will people think?” I may appear to others as either proud or humble, but in any case, I strive to protect myself from hurt in life by developing strategies like building walls, shifting blame, gossiping, and defending myself. I may insist that living for the glory of God is my top priority, but “being right and looking good” are the unconscious goals that consume most of my energy.
But a spirit of a true son, a true daughter, well, that means we know we belong. Not only that, but we grafted into the family tree with all the rights and privileges of being an heir.
And yet we still strive to be good enough. Trying to prove we are lovable. That we somehow matter.
God says we are unconditionally adored, we have been created for a purpose, we have all the rights of royalty and He has had us on His mind for a very long time!
One of my favorite adoption books is called I Am Adopted by Susan Lapsley. The last page reads: “Do you know what adoption means?” “I do,” says the little boy. “Adoption means belonging.” My kids used to belt out that last line and then my husband and I would grab each of them in a big embrace. They knew they belonged to our family and it wasn’t based on their efforts or their merit.
And that is what God says: “You belong to me. I am your adoptive Dad and you didn’t do anything to earn my love nor do you have to.” The child of the King! Completely whole and adored all because of one thing: Jesus death on the cross.
Isn’t it time to stop working so hard to be loved and just let Him embrace you as you are? Adopted and loved FOREVER!
You may enjoy listening to Casting Crown’s song: Who Am I