Happy Sunday to you! I hope that today found you worshiping with others in the body of Christ, whatever that may have looked like for you.
Sundays during this series will be focused on Scripture and my goal by sharing a short little verse and devotional is for you to be able to meditate on Scripture and our adoption as sons. Throughout this four Sundays of October, I will be sharing some writing from my favorite adoption book, Orphanology by Tony Merida.
Last week I shared two ways that our adoption as God’s children is similar to us caring for the orphans.
- Adoption involves purposeful planning
- Adoption requires the right qualifications
Today I will be sharing two more ways that our adoption as God’s children is similar to us as believers caring for orphans:
3. Adoption is costly
Adoption internationally or domestically requires a lot of out of pocket expenses. I’ll touch on this later, but adoption from foster care doesn’t usually cost anything…financially. However, it costs a lot of time and energy and emotions to adopt from foster care.
Now let’s think about the cost that Christ paid when he willingly died for our sins so that we could be adopted as sons.
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us- for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree — Galations 3:13
Nothing. Nothing that I give up for these children comes close to what Christ gave up for us. I seriously cannot even fathom how hard it must have been for him to willingly die for my sins, and the sins of all of us. What a beautiful, beautiful pictures.
4. Adoption saves children from difficult circumstances
I want to clarify here that in the situation of foster care, I don’t want to label the parent as the difficult circumstance. In foster care, abuse and neglect is often the reason a child is removed, but not always. I just think it’s important to keep our mindset open to not always bashing the parent.
That being said, there is a reason that children are labeled orphans, or that they are taken from their homes and placed into foster care. And those reasons are often difficult and devastating.
But our situation as humans is even more difficult and devastating. We were lost! Lost! We were completely dead in our situation- our sins. BUT GOD.
Out of God’s grace and mercy, He brought us out of our terrible situations and brought us into a relationship with Him through the blood of Christ (Ephesians 2:13)
If you have any questions at all about foster care or adoption from foster care as I go through this series, please don’t hesitate to ask. You can leave a comment or send an email. At the end of the series, I will have a Q&A day and will be answering any questions I receive throughout the month.
Day 1: Introduction
Day 2: Meet the Hines
Day 3: Shop Feature: Karla Storey
Day 4: Why We Chose to Foster
Day 5: The Process
Day 6: The Cast of Characters
Day 7: The Paperwork
Day 8: The Goal is Reunification
Day 9: Reflections
Day 10: Shop Feature: Ransomed Cuffs
Day 11: The Placement
Day 12: The Daily Life
Day 13: The Extra’s
Day 14: Bonding
Day 15: The Goodbye
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