Three years ago God called us to adoption and since then we’ve been hooked. God has blessed us with two children through adoption and we are hopeful that He will provide for us to adopt again. One of the great things about the concept of adoption is that God chose adoption to be a picture of the gospel. God, through Jesus Christ, becomes our Father by adopting us into His family. Here’s a quote from John Piper:
“The deepest and strongest foundation of adoption is located not in the act of humans adopting humans, but in God adopting humans. And this act is not part of his ordinary providence in the world; it is at the heart of the gospel. Galatians 4:4-5 is as central a gospel statement as there is: ‘But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.’ God did not have to use the concept of adoption to explain how he saved us, or even how we become part of his family. He could have stayed with the language of new birth so that all his children were described as children by nature only (John 1:12-13, ‘But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.’). But he chose to speak of us as adopted as well as being children by new birth. This is the most essential foundation of the practice of adoption” (from the sermon “Adoption: The Heart of the Gospel”).
This fall we hope to attend the Together for Adoption Conference as a part of our commitment not only to adopting children but also to promoting adoption as a ministry of the church. The conference takes place November 1st in Greenville, South Carolina.