Our adoption – being placed as sons – puts us into a new kind of relationship. Both the adopted son and the adopting parent are committed by the act of adoption to support, help and maintain the other. We have just studied the implications and obligations that are to be fulfilled by the one being adopted.
But there are also great privileges given to one who has been placed as a son. This is true even in human adoption. But those who have become sons of God are given priceless and eternal privileges. Let us study those now.
A. THE GREATEST PRIVILEGE OF ADOPTION IS TO NOW HAVE GOD AS YOUR FATHER (Rom 8:15; Gal 4:5).
Every living thing owes its existence to God, especially mankind (Acts 17:25,28). All men have God as their Father, but only in the sense that He is the Creator of all (John 1:3). We have no relation to God as our Father before we are born again and enter into adoption as sons of God. The unbeliever can call God “Judge”, but not Father.
Now for us who are truly made sons of God by the new birth through faith in Christ, we have been given the greatest privilege of all. We are brought into God’s family, and He has bestowed upon us all of the love, privileges and rights of a son.
Our Father is not ashamed to call us His sons and daughters (2Cor 6:18; Heb 2:11). We are not an abandoned child that God was obligated to take in. The Bible teaches us that God “chose us in Him [Christ] before the foundation of the world” (Eph 1:4). All humanity was wanted and chosen by God before our world even existed!
God also “predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will” (Eph 1:5). God has willed many things; but our adoption is according to the good pleasure of His will. He has always wanted us, providing the way through Christ for us to choose to come to Him as His children. What a great honor and glory to be God’s wanted son!
Perhaps you (or someone in your church) were not wanted as a child by your earthly parents. Or perhaps you felt unloved, more like a burden or a nuisance than someone who was cherished or desired.
Please know that God, your heavenly Father, has always wanted you! He has laid precious and magnificent plans for your life, and for the life of every member of your church and family (Jer 29:11-13; Esth 4:14; 1Cor 2:9). God has set aside provision and resource for you (Matt 6:33; Phil 4:19). And He is actively working in you and for your good (Rom 8:28-30). Praise His holy name!
PASTOR TO PASTOR
It is often parental neglect, rejection or abandonment that causes a person to feel unwanted or unloved by others and by God. Thus, let me exhort you, dear pastor, to never allow the busy activities of ministry to cause you to fail to fulfill your first responsibilities to your wife and children in this regard.