Given His Name
While working in a Pregnancy Resource Center, I discovered that there were three possible decisions that every woman must make. Will the client carry the baby, adopt, or abort? The decision to adopt seems to be the hardest concept for some women to accept. The statements I personally have heard are: “I could never do that!” “No, I have heard such terrible stories about children that have been adopted.” “No, I don’t want anyone to know that I was pregnant.” “My parents will disown me.” “No, I would rather abort than adopt, I have things I want to do with my life.”
Life or death is the final option here. What will the young woman’s verdict be for this innocent human life? Why is adoption viewed as a stigma with dishonor, disgrace, and reproach credited to it? The definition for the word adoption: “the giving to anyone the name and place and privileges of a son/daughter who is not a son/daughter by birth.” There is no stigma in adoption. It is the banner of love over their life. Adoption means that they were loved with a special love that few people will ever experience.
To those of you who have been adopted, your mom and dad cherished the idea of having a baby and loved, you before they knew you existed. If there is any shame in the word “adopted” – it has been covered in the gift of giving you their name.
SPIRITUAL ADOPTION: An act of God's grace by which He brings men into the number of His redeemed family, and makes them partakers of all the blessings He has provided for them. He has granted to them His precious promises, and through them, they may become partakers of the divine nature––having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires (2 Peter 1:3,4). Clearly, adoption is conveyed in a favorable light through God’s Word. Those that have been adopted physically have received a tremendous blessing, a privilege exemplified by our adoption into God’s family.
Lord, thank You for giving me Your name.