Given His Name
Working in a Pregnancy Resource Center brings three possible decisions into view. 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.” “This was not in my plans, 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, shame and reproach credited to it? The definition for the word adoption: “the giving to any one the name and place and privileges of a son who is not a son 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 very few people will ever experience.
To those that have been adopted, your mom and dad loved you before they knew you existed. Not merely the idea of you, but you. 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 and very great promises, and through them many 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.