Monday, November 3, 2014

+DEV+ This World Of Sin

Date: November 3, 2014 10:16 PM
Topic: +DEV+  This World Of Sin

This World Of Sin

"...we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies." Romans 8:23

Scripture Focus: Romans 8:18-25

While I love how adoption has made up many families, I realize that the only reason adoption happens at all is because this world is groaning under the weight of and results of sin. Unmarried women get pregnant; parents are killed; "imperfect" children are not wanted; poverty destroys a parent's ability to provide. Out of endless crushing circumstances, people may look to adoption as a solution. 

God put adoption in place to be modeled after the institution He first made: the natural family. But that is modeled after something else: the Kingdom of God in Christ (Russell Moore, "Adopted for Life," 2009). Through the idea of "family," we carry on in a sinful world knowing that we are living out a picture of God's good and just love for us as our Father. He's a Father whose love washes over us no matter what our abilities, deficiencies, skin color, or sex. Our Father's love redeems us and takes us in as His own. So even when earthly families let us down, we eagerly come to Jesus who gave His life to adopt us.

Insight: May you find for yourself, or offer to others, "family" through a family of believers in a local church.

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