today's post is written by my friend kara murano.
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what it means to be adopted by Christ:
adoption has been on my mind & on my heart a lot lately.
i've been meditating on Ephesians 1 for months now & pondering what it means to be an adopted daughter of the King of Kings, redeemed by the blood of Jesus.
also, my husband and I are going through the foster-to-adopt process as I write this. our almost one year old son has been home since december of last year & its our prayer that his adoption is finalized within a year.
being an adoptive mother has expanded my understanding of what it means to be adopted into God's family. i would like to share a few of those thoughts with you
it is a fact that if you call yourself a follower of Jesus you are an adopted child.
God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Christ Jesus:
I feel so humbled and grateful when I sit with the fact that God sent Jesus to live, die & conquer death so that I can be a part of God's family. Adoption is a part of every Christian's story. Being adopted isn't something we earned or deserved. It's not something that is exclusive to your upbringing, spiritual status, social class, gender, or your past. God welcomes all people into his family with open arms and never-ending grace.
the second thing that God has been revealing to me is that adopting comes at a cost. it says in Ephesians 1:7 that He is so rich in kindness and grace that He purchased our freedom with the blood of His son.
i like to focus on the grace & mercy & love of Jesus and I often don't spend enough time reflecting on the cost and sacrifice it took to redeem us. the cost was huge and He was paying the price for MY sins. the weight of that thought can be crushing for me. it brings me to my knees in thankfulness. thankfulness to a God who willingly and lovingly sent his son to die for me and for you while we were still sinners.
because of the high cost of adoption by Christ its essential to remember that we were adopted for a purpose.
at the right time He will bring everything together under the authority of Christ-everything in heaven and on earth. furthermore because we are united with Christ we have received an inheritance from God for He chose us in advance and He makes everything work out according to His plan. Ephesians 1:10-11
God didn't purchase our freedom with the blood of Christ so that we could sit around & live easy comfortable lives. He bought our freedom so that we would be brought back to Him so that we can do the good works that God set out for us. being adopted into God's family means that you are committed to living out God's mission in your life. if you're a member of the family you are called to live like Jesus and spread the gospel to your mission field.
when we are adopted by God we gain family in Christ. it's my belief that God not only wants us in relationship with Him but also in relationships with others. through adoption God binds us to our Christian brothers and sisters.
so now you gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. you are citizens along with all of God's holy people. you are members of God's family. Together we are His house, build on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. We are carefully joined together in Him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord.
together we are God's family here on earth and we get to benefit from all the Christian brothers & sisters who have gone before us, those who go with us and those who will come after us. we are part of a family with a rich history, a vibrant present & a hopeful future.
thanks danielle for letting me share my heart!