See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!1 John 3: 1
I recently had a conversation with an adult adoptee from South Korea. As an adoptive mom of two children from the same country, I am always eager to sit at the feet of those further along in their adoption journeys to try and understand the precious and divine nature of the orphan’s heart.
“The best way to relate to your children is to correlate their adoption to your adoption in Christ,” the woman’s wise counsel began. And then she shared this remarkable story of her own experience of scandalous grace, which reveals the special place in God’s heart for every orphan heart.
Several years ago my favorite grandma passed away at 98 years of age. Every time she saw me she loved to say, “I fell head over heels for you within two minutes of seeing you for the first time!”
When she died, she left me, her adopted grandchild, an equal portion of her inheritance. Imagine! Me. Born a stranger. We shared no genetic connection. She had no reason to love me. Yet her simple decision to love me, to pursue a relationship with me, made me an equal co-heir in her family.
That is as tangible a human example as you can get of what Christ did for us–the amazing, undeserved grace with which he has loved us, and in so doing gave us the right to be called children of God.
To say more would be to dilute the beauty of the analogy. Instead I invite you to sit with this truth this week and allow Jesus’ love to overflow your heart–the same way this grandmother’s love overwhelmed the heart of this remarkable woman.
…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 8:15-17