#Write31Days: Day 23 Scripture Sunday

 

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Today is Sunday and that means that I have another short devotional for you today. As usual, this is from the book Orphanology by Tony Merida.

I have been taking Sundays to focus on 8 ways that our adoption as sons into God’s family is like our role towards the orphans in the world.

Galatians 4:6:

In review:

  1. Adoption involves purposeful planning
  2. Adoption requires the right qualifications
  3. Adoption is costly
  4. Adoption saves children from terrible situations

You can read points 1-2 in my Week 1 post here, and points 3-4 in my Week 2 post here.

Today I’ll briefly talk about these two points:

5. Adoption involves a legal chance

When a child becomes adopted, they are legally declared our children by the ones with the authority to declare it so. Of course, in foster care, this is a little bit more fuzzy, as the children are technically never ours in the first place. However, even if they are not legally ours, we take on the full responsibility of caring for them in EVERY way.

As Christians, our blessing is even greater.

God declares us righteous before Himself based upon the work of Christ, who took the penalty that we deserved. By faith in Christ, God credits to us the merits of Jesus.

We are legally and bindingly his. What a glorious thing to rejoice in!

 

6. Adoption involves the spirit of sonship

Many adoptive parents get super annoyed by the comment “real children”. As in, “were you unable to have real children?” or “who are their real parents?” or “are they real siblings?”. Once an adoption has taken place, it’s as real as it can be! The children call them Dad and Mom. There is nothing more real than that! Even if they have a different skin tone or a different accent or different hair, it’s all real!

In the same way, we as Christians are really HIS! He is our real father, and we are His real children.

You have received a spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry “Abba! Father!” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God —Romans 8:15-16

 

Questions?

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.

Previous posts:

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

Day 16: Reflection

Day 17: Shop Feature: Together we Rise

Day 18: Finances

Day 19: Rules

Day 20: Foster or Foster to Adopt

Day 21: Public Agency or Private Agency

Day 22: Books/Resources/Blogs

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