My sister, Chesney, is joining us again today with a special guest post. If you missed her first post, you should check it out. Grateful again today for her honesty as she shares her heart and how the Lord is working in and through her & Casey’s lives!
J.I. Packer states in his book Knowing God,
If you want to judge how well a person understands Christianity, find out how much he makes of the thought of being God’s child, and having God as his Father. If this is not the thought that prompts and controls his worship and prayers and his whole outlook on life, it means that he does not understand Christianity very well at all. . . . “Father” is the Christian name for God.
I’m quick to admit that the doctrine of adoption hasn’t always been my foremost thought when thinking on the gospel. And honestly sometimes it still isn’t. The thought of being a child of God doesn’t always (or even most of the time) completely control my being. But God has been gracious to show me that my adoption into His family, is actually integral to the gospel.
Because, in all reality, the gospel doesn’t exist outside of adoption.
From the beginning God had a plan for how he would redeem His people. He knew my sin, my filth, and yet He chose to adopt me. I had never nor could I ever earn this type of love.
Chelsea Patterson said of her own physical adoption
God did not choose to adopt you because of anything you did, for we are completely undeserving of his great adoption. As a helpless baby in Romania, I could not do anything to prove that I was worthy of being adopted. I could not work my way into my earthly father’s heart. I could do nothing but accept and enjoy the gift of adoption. As God’s child, there is nothing you can do to make him love you more, for he has already given the greatest gift—his Son. Delight in the greater adoption.
I often have to stop and really think on what a beautiful truth this is. Ephesians tells us, “In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will, to the praise of His glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.”
In my despair, God gave me a family. He made Himself my father. I am a child of His and He has made me an heir with Christ and brought me under His headship for all eternity.
Throughout the Bible we not only see our own adoption, but we can also clearly see the command to “care for the fatherless” (James 1:27.) To take a child who can’t give you anything and give Him not just a family but a chance of hearing the gospel – of being adopted into God’s family.
While earthly adoption doesn’t compare to the far greater adoption into the family of God, it is still an accurate picture of what he has done. John Piper states, “The gospel is not a picture of adoption, adoption is a picture of the gospel.”
So, here I am to tell you…
This is a story that has been in the making ever since Casey and I began dating. Some of the first conversations we had revolved around adoption & the role that it would play in our lives one day. So, now almost 5 years later here we sit on the brink of a new journey that is going to be the most incredible of them all. Even as I type this out about 20 different thoughts/emotions are swimming around inside of me, but the one that screams the loudest is peace. Isn’t it ironic that peace is screaming? But I think that is the best way I know how to put it. Peace that can only be described as from the Lord.So, yes… this is our announcement to the “world” that we are pursuing adoption, but more than that it is our cry for prayer. Prayer from this wonderful body of Christ that He will keep us in this peace that surpasses all understanding. That all of the ups & downs of this adoption process will only draw us closer to His side. And that more than anything, we will remember the reason we have longed to adopt for so long. We long to bring Christ the glory He is due.
We eagerly anticipate the day that we are privileged to be parents, but until then and far past that day it is my prayer that we will delight in our greater adoption.
* If any of you want to keep up to date on where we are and specific prayer requests we may have, then please email me & I will add you to our list!