The Spirit of Adoption

July 30, 2012

The Spirit of Adoption

1 John 3:1-3
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

Can you comprehend being adopted by the richest, most powerful, wonderful and loving  parent?  The very creator of the Universe has adopted us believers as His very own sons and daughters.  “Behold (take a good hard look) that we (the weak, the screw-ups, the failures, sometimes the rejects of the world) should be called the sons of God.
Why has he adopted us?  While it may not be evident now, the primary reason He has adopted us is so that we can be like HIM.  Did you ever think about your mentality as a child?  It was always centered on what you could get.  Especially at Christmas, you wanted this and you wanted that.  As you grew into adulthood and especially as you parented children of your own, your focus changed from what you could get to what you could give.  The world has an ideology like that of little children.  It is centered on what it can get.  The child of God is not like the world because their ideology is becoming more and more what can I give.  “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.”  No greater gift could He give.
We purify ourselves by putting off selfishness and self-centered behavior and putting on love which is manifested through outward giving.
God doesn’t give us everything our flesh desires because He is not in the business of raising spoiled, selfish children.  He is in the business of raising children of His Love; unselfish, caring, giving children that see the needs and wants of others before their own.   Jesus, being God, emptied Himself and took on the form of a servant, even to the laying down of His very own life for our behalf.  This is the example of LOVE; of the quality of love the Father wants and has bestowed upon us.   What an example of what it is to be conformed to His image.  ‘No, it hath not yet appeared what we shall be, but the more He appears in us, even now, the more we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is’; the perfect expression of the Father which is LOVE.  “Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us that we should be called the sons of God.  That is what we are…”


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