Saturday, January 8, 2011

Becoming a Part of His Family

I've been thinking a lot about what it means to have been adopted by God, to have been brought into His family and made His child.  What does it really mean?  I was adopted by God.  He made me His daughter. Without Jesus, I could not know God as my Father.  Trying to wrap my brain around this miracle...

Today dear friends boarded a plane to go pick up their little girl for the first time.  She has no idea what's about to happen-that her entire life as she's known it is about to change.  She didn't ask them to come and give her a family.  She might not even know that she needs one.  She doesn't know what it's like to be loved by someone who will never leave her.  She has nothing to compel them to make her their child; no guarantee of her devoted love, no promise that she will only cause them joy and no pain, certainly no money to help them with the expenses.  She is an orphan but soon she will be a daughter.  She could never have made this happen on her own.

If you're a Christian, this was your state.  We were without hope and were children of wrath according to Ephesians 2:

"And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived...and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind." (vs.1,2, 3b)

We were orphans with no hope of having a loving Father because we were separated from Him by our sin.  Like the little girl that my friends are flying to pick up and bring into their family, we were without hope.  But:

"In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will..." (Ephesians 1:5) 

There is nothing in me that could have compelled Him to come and bring me to Him, nothing that I could have given to make Him want me as His daughter. The Holy God-the creator of all things, chose me as His daughter!  In love He decided to adopt me through Jesus.  Now I am forever His child!  Is there anything more wonderful than this?

You will not regret listening to this message by Rick Gamache about our adoption through Christ.  May it leave you freshly amazed at God's love for us! 

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4 Responses to “Becoming a Part of His Family”

  1. thank you for this post Katie! my heart has been refreshed again by the truth of the gospel in adoption. Also, what settings/presets/etc did you use in your photos? I love the coloring

  2. Thanks, Misha! So amazed at God's amazing love!

    I got some free presets here:

    The one I am loving the most is called "Sweet Honey."

    There's lots of free presets out there!! Do some searchin' and you'll be amazed at what you can find.

    I was in A.Priority, 200ISO, f/2.2 on Tali's and for some dumb reason f/7 on Owen's. :) Oh how I miss natural sunlight back in this dark midwest.

  3. Love these gorgeous pictures, Katie! Especially love the sunlight on Owen.
    Thanks for sharing these truths!