Have you ever had one of those professors who tells you the same story over, and over again? And you’re pretty sure he doesn’t even remember telling you the first 5 times? Well I have one of those professors this semester. Almost every other class he tells the same story, or goes into detail explaining the same thing, the same exact way. This is what professors are supposed to do though, right? Repeat themselves so you eventually learn the material? But still, as I sit in class I sigh as he begins explaining the same thing as if we didn’t just learn it last week.
However, it wasn’t until tonight that I realized 2 things.
- He has accomplished his goal of trying to get me to remember what he is teaching.
- But I think it is actually God who is trying to teach me something to remember.
The class I am taking is “The Life and Letters of Paul” so for any knowledge seeking peeps out there like me, this class is fantastic. Everyday I soak up new and exciting information about my God and I just love it. But the one thing in particular that has stuck out (been repeated) to me is, adoption.
When we accept Jesus into our lives and turn back to God, the Bible says that we become sons and daughters of God through adoption.
“He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will” Ephesians 1:5 NIV
My professor talks about hermeneutics all of the time in class. I had no idea what that even meant so I googled…..
her·me·neu·tics (hərməˈn(y)o͞odiks): noun; the branch of knowledge that deals with interpretation, especially of the Bible or literary texts.
What this means is interpreting the Bible, in terms of what it meant when it was written and in the context of which it was written. So in today’s society, adoption is when someone gives up their child and another person takes on that child as their own. Unfortunately, sometimes it can be seen as a “second rate” child, or that they aren’t really their child. But what I have learned in class is that in Rome, during the time of Jesus and Paul and when the Bible was being written, adoption was a little more intense than that. You see, a father did not claim his child as his own until he acknowledged that child. The parents could also disown their own birth son/daughter. They could kick them out, take away all inheritance and never acknowledge them again. They were no longer his parents. BUT, if a couple decided to adopt a child, they could not do this. It was illegal for them to disown that child. They chose that child and now that child is theirs forever. The child has all rights to inheritance and can NEVER be disowned. Kind of intense, right?!
Well, when we read in the Bible today about being adopted by God, this is what He means. He will NEVER disown us. We will get our inheritance and we will forever be His child.
For just a few minutes put everything else aside and sit in this empowering truth.
We are His. We are loved. We will never be disowned. We are co-heirs with Christ. We are adopted.
If this does not get you excited, I’m not sure what will. Because as I sit here, typing what I have agonizingly been taught over and over again, I can’t keep a huge smile off of my face. I feel secure. I feel loved. I feel sought-after and wanted. And I feel the urge within me to ask my professor “tell me more..” No matter how many times he tells this same story, I want to hear more.
I want to hear more about the amazing God who adopted me. ME! Measly little me who had to google what hermeneutics means. Worrisome little me, who more often than not does not put my trust in Him. Unforgiving, bitter, selfish, me, who puts God on the back burner one too many times. Scaredy-cat me who didn’t want to blog anymore for fear of rejection. The girl who stumbles and trips and falls and fails constantly, trying to be who He made me to be. He wants me? Yes. And He even went as far as to say he ADOPTED me. I find so much peace and joy in that. I hope that you do too, as you read this and embrace the truth within it. I just want to stand on a roof top and scream “HE ADOPTED ME!!!!” because that is how pumped knowing this makes me.
In the New Living Translation of the Bible, Ephesians 1:5 says it like this:
“God decided 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.”
It gave God pleasure to send Jesus so He could call us adopted. To call us His. And to fully know what this adoption means. This encourages me to live a life pleasing to Him, because He wanted me. And now, He will not disown me. So, live a life to please your Abba…Daddy…Father, Who adopted YOU into sonship and will not turn His back on you.
My friends, live encouraged, comforted and with hope knowing you are adopted.