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Adoption Sunday

November 2, 2014 | PB

This Sunday is Adoption Sunday for CCC, and as such, the message today deals with adoption, both physical and spiritual. Did you know that the Holy Spirit is also called the “Spirit of Adoption?”​

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Sermon Notes

I was never so moved in my life as I was in 1993, 21+ years ago. I was invited to lead a team to China to smuggle Bibles and to perform a wedding on the mainland. In the backroom of a Chinese restaurant in Beijing, God rocked my world when I heard about children, mostly baby girls, who didn’t have a family or a chance at a secure life with a real family who could love them and give them a name and a future. That’s when I knew that adoption was near and dear to the Heart of God.

John 1:11-13
He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

People are creations of God, special creations of God.
In Genesis, God is quoted as saying, “Let us make man in our own image”. There is something special about man. We’re different than the animals.

But we’re not children of God by our birth. We become the children of God by a new birth that’s based on faith and believing.

As children of God especially, we’re capable of imitating some of the attributes of God on a limited scale; some. Not omnipresence, for example. But the Bible does say, “Be holy as I am Holy” and the Apostle Paul says, “Imitate me as I imitate Christ”.

We can learn to be merciful and kind, to be wise, or wiser, patient, etc. We can learn to be His hands and feet in this world and we can bring people, other than who we are blood related to, into our lives in a very real way. Not just by child adoption, but by opening your home and heart to others.

We become God’s children by adoption.
Romans 8:15-17
For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.

Think of how adoption works.
You can have children, as long as everything is working correctly, and they come more or less as a surprise each time. I know couples plan babies and some seem to come according to that plan, but to have a plan and have it work isn’t how they normally come. “Guess what, I’m pregnant!” is the phrase most commonly used to tell a spouse that a baby’s coming.

Adoption works differently.
It begins with a choice. A parent feels called to adopt. Not to fill some void in their own life, hopefully, but to make a family for a child that doesn’t have one.

Then it goes to a process. An agency, lots of paperwork and a bunch of finances. There are many hoops to jump through, but the point is this – adoption is a choice; most often just the choice of the parent because the child involved is usually too young. So the choice of the parent, with other agents involved and approving, brings a child into a family.

Many times that child carries the wounds of a past and their new family is going to help them get beyond a sad past or handicaps of various sorts. Just like birthing a child, you don’t know what that child is bringing with them. You prayerfully work with it.

Plus, you get the parent’s name so that you are forever identified with that family.

That’s what God does with people who become His children.

So let’s go back to Romans 8
Romans 8:15-17
For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.

The Holy Spirit is called the “Spirit of Adoption.”

As humans we are by nature fallen, broken creatures. We’re lost and hopelessly alone. Even in a crowd, even in a natural family. It’s our sin that has made us this way. But God makes a decision; I will adopt that one.

As many as have received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God.

In that adoption, there was a terrible price to pay, the earthly life and death of Jesus the only begotten Son. He had to trade His own Son for us to be adopted.

Then the process went further. He drew your heart, sometimes for years, and worked with you until you believed. At that moment, the adoption papers were signed. You became a child of God, not by birth, but by adoption.

You were flawed when you came into His family and you’re still flawed. He works with your flaws, brings His power to bear and helps you leave all that hurt, pain, defense mechanisms, survival strategies in the dust.

Adoption is how God saves people out of the world so we are no longer under the spirit of fear. Fear of what? Fear of abandonment, fear of being left out, fear of being somehow illegitimate. You get His Name and get to call Him Abba, Father. Our Father who art in Heaven? Yes, our Father, and you receive the inheritance of the Family too.

Because we as Christians are adopted, we should have a heart for adoption ourselves.

I don’t believe every parent is called to actually adopt a child. But I do believe that every Christian needs to have a heart for adoption as a reflection of the developing nature of God in our lives.

All can help with those kinds of adoption. Prayer, finances for sure (our Adoption Fund), emotional support and encouragement; the provision of a strong Christian community in the local church.

If you or someone you know is called to adopt, here’s a couple of practical comments.

1. Get hooked up with a legitimate agency, not a start up or a friend. If someone says, “I can get you a baby”, run the other way, quickly. This isn’t about you, the focus has to be on what is best for that child.

2. You need the confirmation of your pastor and your social worker to know that you’re not ignoring anything that could be a sign that you’re not really called to this, at least now.

3. Be patient with the process. It’s lengthy for a good reason; the time and the process tests you. Don’t ever try to bypass the system with a quick, seemingly easier solution.
4. Last, it can’t just be any child. You need Isaac, not Ishmael. Remember Abraham’s choice that resulted in a difficult situation in his family? He needed to wait for Isaac. You need to pray like crazy that God gives you the child of His choosing by His method, and that you don’t bypass His process because God is into adoption.
For some of you here, you’re realizing that you’re outside His family. God has been drawing you, otherwise you wouldn’t be here.

For others of you who know that you’re in His family, you don’t feel secure in His love and relationship. God hasn’t give you a spirit of fear. There’s a security in being adopted into His family!

Others of you feel you have no right to pray or expect that God would answer you. When you cry out to God, you’re crying out to your Abba, your Daddy. If earthly parents listen to their children, imagine what your Heavenly Father does when you cry out to Him.

Adoption by God answers every need of the human creature.