"For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have
received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, 'Abba, Father!'"
When walking through the doors of a pregnancy help center, women are faced with three parenting options: to parent, to abort or adoption. Some have made up their minds before they enter the doors what the outcome of their pregnancy will be and others are looking for answers, strength to survive or a glimpse of hope. Most women, when presented with the alternative choice of adoption, make the statement, “I could never give my baby away.” They do not realize that adoption is a loving response and a positive parenting option.
Birthparents and/or birthmothers need to understand that after making their decision for adoption, they are fulfilling their parenting responsibilities by making sure their child’s needs are met before their own. This is not an uncaring mother or one who will forget about their baby, shirking their responsibility, but a compassionate decision that a mature and selfless person makes. Adoption can be a loving alternative for parents who may, for various reasons, be unable to care for their own children.
There are only three adoptions mentioned in the Old Testament (Moses, Esther, and Genubath, I Kings 11:20). Israel is called God’s son or child in Old Testament Scripture (Exodus 4:22; Jeremiah 31:9) but not until the New Testament, do we see the word adoption written. The foundation for adoption is not based on earthly parents adopting humans but on God adopting mankind through the heart of the Gospel. “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of
God, even to them that believe on his name: Which
were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of
man, but of God.
” (John 1:12-13). Once we believe and trust in Christ by faith we become part of the family of God.
Lord, I’m thankful I’ve been adopted into Your family.