No Longer Orphans
A devotional thought from Geoff Ashley for “Forever Family”
There is something compelling about the story of an orphan who finds a family. Consider the volume of books and movies with some variation of the orphan theme. Classics like Oliver Twist, Jane Eyre, Huckleberry Finn, and Great Expectations spin the tale while iconic images of Annie, Tarzan, and Superman capture the imagination and Harry Potter movies wow Hollywood audiences. The world loves the triumph of the orphan.
And such were you and I. “When the time came to completion, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons” (Gal. 4:4-5).
The Bible uses numerous images to describe the rich tapestry of God’s redemptive work. We who have believed are justified, reconciled, redeemed, born again, forgiven, and cleansed. Each image expresses a slightly different perspective of God’s multifaceted work; each exposing another view of the glorious beauty of this great salvation which He has accomplished.
Of all these various images, one of the most gripping is that of adoption. Not only are we saved from sin, but we are also called sons and daughters. Sons of darkness are adopted into the family of light! We who once called God our enemy now know Him our Father. What a distinct privilege of the gospel to relate to God as our faithful and loving Father. Exploring in-depth the image of adoption allows us to also explore the various privileges and responsibilities that accompany our calling into the forever family of the Father.
Pause and Reflect
• Do you have a favorite adoption story from literature, cinema, or even personal experience?
• What is it that is so universally beautiful and touching about adoption?
• Spend some time thinking and perhaps journaling about your understanding of the doctrine of God’s adoption of believers into His family.