I have good news for you. You’ve been adopted. No, really. You’ve been adopted in the real sense of the word. It’s not just a figure of speech. Unfortunately, for most people reading this, you have not experienced adoption. This has been the case in my own life until recently. In today’s post, I’d like to answer two questions about adoption that I believe are vitally important.
Question #1. When Were We Adopted
The answer to question # 1 is this…Before the foundations of the world.
The fact is, God is a robust family within Himself. Before the foundations of the world were laid, outside of time, we were adopted right into the midst of the one who is family.
Question #2. When do we know that we’re adopted?
This question is my favorite. It’s one thing to be told that you’re adopted, it’s quite another thing to experience adoption. The beautiful thing about adoption is that the person being adopted isn’t like one of the family, they actually become part of the very family itself.
For example if you meet someone who has a family of seven children, five of them natural & two of them adopted, they would never introduce the two adopted children as “my adopted children“. If they do, you can bet that they don’t understand adoption. True adoption removes the separation and distinction. Adoption is never lesser.
In the same way, we have been adopted into the family of God. As a matter of fact, we were adopted into the family of God well before the illusion and false reality of orphanhood assaulted us in time. The myth of orphanhood, built upon a lie, has plagued humanity. Thankfully, the Lord has destroyed the illusion of that false reality. We know this, not just because some guy named Paul wrote about it a couple thousand years ago, but because our Lord is actively demonstrating adoption in something He is currently building.
What is He building?
He’s building a family. No, He’s not building a shadow family like the one we were born into physically, He’s actually building something greater. This family consists of people who may be mothers & fathers to us. This family consists of people who may be sons & daughters to us. This family consists of people who also may be brothers and sisters to us as well.
We don’t receive mothers & fathers, sons & daughters, and brothers & sisters simply by default or title, rather, we receive these family members into our lives by personal revelation that leads to real, living relationships.
It takes a revelation from the Lord to see someone as your son or daughter in the Lord. It takes a revelation on their part for them to see you as father or mother. The same can be said about someone who is your brother or sister in the Lord. I can tell you from experience, however, that when the Lord gives someone to you as a son or daughter, and they likewise see you as a father or mother, it is glorious beyond anything human language could describe. The same can be said about someone who the Lord gives to you as a brother or sister, and they likewise see you as a brother or sister.
When this occurs, you will see & relate to these people as your very own family. Part of your very own body. They will not be a lesser part of your family than your own flesh and blood family. When this occurs, you know that you are experiencing the very adoption of God. Until we experience this in real living relationships, the adoption of God is only theoretical in our lives. Likewise, until we experience adoption in real living relationships, the church that Jesus Christ is building will also be theoretical in our lives.
Know that you’ve been gloriously adopted! If you haven’t experienced this glorious adoption relationally, that’s ok. There is hope. The Lord has family awaiting you. He may have a mother to give to you in relationship to express His motherhood to you. He may have a father to give to you in relationship to express His fatherhood to you. He may have a brother or sister to give to you in relationship to express His brotherhood or sisterhood to you. He will do this in His time and in a way that you may not have foreseen. You will be unable to manufacture it.
Precious ones, keep your eyes open for this heavenly family. When you experience His adoption relationally, it’s like heaven on earth! Actually, it is heaven on earth!
“For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as children by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” (Romans 8:15)
“Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel’s sake, but that he will receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions…” (Mark 10:29-30)