What are the markings of a biological son? He looks like his dad. Without even realizing it, he mirrors the personality of his father. His natural defaults, his funny little quirks–they’re little pieces of proof that he has his dad’s DNA. He belongs to his father right down to the molecules that make up his body. His father is overjoyed to see himself reflected in his son. What beautiful love.
How about the markings of an adopted daughter? She oozes love for the man who scooped her out of loneliness and gave her his name. She follows him around the house, studying and copying his every move. When he comes to pick her up from school, she points him out to her friends. “That’s my dad!” What beautiful love.
In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves (Ephesians 1:5).
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory (Romans 8:14-17).
God, as the Creator of the universe, fathered humanity into existence. He is your physical Dad–He created you. He cannot help but love you because He bore you, and you are His.
God, as the Father of His people the Church, drew you back to Himself and adopted you into His family. He chose, knowing your faults and all the ways you are going to hurt Him and reject Him and embarrass the family through your selfishness, to welcome you. He chose to love you.
And now you are His biological and adopted child. You get to bear His name. You get to rely on Him for your identity, for your value.
You are in His family, and He’s asked you to show your love for Him by loving your brothers and sisters, those He bought back from slavery with His own blood, just like He did for you.
You were an orphan, but not any longer. Will you now go, and tell everyone around you that they don’t have to be orphans either? Will you share even a bit of the love, the inheritance that the Father has so abundantly–so hilariously over-abundantly–poured out on you?
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