Romans 8:14-17 (NRSV)
“14For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. 15For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ…”
I was adopted from South Korea when I was 6 months old. Obviously I remember everything about that whole process. (Joking.) Anyway, the process of adoption is long and often tiresome for the adopting parents. It is also an intense legal action. As soon as the necessary paperwork goes through and is signed by all necessary parties, the child is officially a part of the adopting family – the child has a new life. There’s nothing wishy-washy about being adopted.
See, adoption is about a deep love that forms before the parents even take the new child home. Same goes with God’s love for us as God’s children. Before we take our first breath, God has this deep, unconditional love for us. God’s love for us is not wishy-washy.
Continuing the conversation about adoption, I watch this show on NBC called “Parenthood.” One of the couples adopted a young boy named Victor, probably around the age of 9 or 10. His life before he was adopted into a middle-upper class white family living in the suburbs was a life of struggle and a life of living in the margins. I imagine that Victor was probably afraid that things would be taken away from him like before, that he would “fall back into fear” even though this family was giving him a new life of live and opportunity. But Victor came to trust that his new life was permanent.
This is what happens with God’s Holy Spirit. Through the Holy Spirit we are given a new life – we are adopted as children of God and we shouldn’t worry about falling back into fear. Continue to be led by the Spirit of God under the confidence that you are a child of God.
Prayer: Abba, we thank you so much for adopting us as your children. We trust in its permanence and are grateful for its permanence. Help us to live under the confidence that your Spirit leads us. In Jesus’ name we pray and give thanks. Amen.
Have a thankful and thriving Thursday!