Mothers Day and being adopted
It's Mother's Day and fittingly we look at these incredible words penned 2 thousand years ago that we were adopted as sons into the family of God.
10 He (Jesus) came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. 11 He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. 12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. 13 They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God. (John 1:10-13).
Jesus appeared in this world, took on our very form and likeness, purely so that He could bring about the pathway for us to be birthed into the family of God. God created the process after Adam sinned and separated us from Him, and God made the way possible for us to be called His children.
4 But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. 5 God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. 6 And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” 7 Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir. (Gal. 4:4-7).
This process had nothing to do with us. We were unable to save ourselves but God, in His infinite goodness, chose to redeem, forgive and adopt us as true sons into His very own family.
“3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.
4 Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us (actually selected is for Himself as His own) in Christ to be holy (that is, consecrated, set apart for Him, purpose-driven) and without fault (blameless) in his eyes.
5 God decided (lovingly planned) in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. (Eph. 1:3-5 with AMP).
It’s simply not a matter of how you feel about yourself, your worthiness, goodness or what actions you have done to clean yourself up and make yourself look godly. Your placement in God’s family was ONLY because of God’s immeasurable love and goodness.
It can’t have had ANYTHING to do with you because it clearly says that “Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us” (v4). God chose you before the foundation of the world and long before you had ever sinned He had arranged for you to be forgiven and adopted into His family.
At this juncture I’d like to quote the words of my friend, who wrote the poem about raw love. He has gone on to explain what he believes raw love to mean:
“Raw love, an enigmatic force that defies the bounds of time and space, is a love that pulses with a perpetual sense of vitality and promise. The legacy of Jesus, spanning aeons of human history, stands as a testament to the unyielding power of this love.
Even amidst the turbulence of changing social mores and technological upheavals, it endures in its rawness, waiting to be rediscovered by the intrepid seeker of truth.
A circle of rawness that remains ever unbroken, it casts a light into the very essence of the human experience, illuminating the way forward with a beacon of hope in a world that is all too often marked by strife and adversity. It calls upon us to embrace the transcendent nature of existence, and to awaken to the transformative power of love as a source of infinite possibility and renewal.”
Raw love is not a sentimental love but a deep yearning from our Creator to draw us to Himself as His own off-spring. Once we realise that in all of our brokenness we were reconciled to our Creator by our Creator through our Creator’s selfless sacrifice, we can be healed of sin and its painful effects and want to live every moment returning love to our Father.
All quotations are from the NLT.