A year after I graduated from high school I left everything I knew and traveled to Texas, far from my home in Washington State, to work as a live-in nanny for a family that I had never met before.
It was an act of trust for everyone. The family was warm, gracious, and welcoming. I was treated well, so well, that the line sometimes felt blurred between whether I was a family member or an employee.
As good as the circumstances were, there was still a line. I wasn’t really part of the family. I was paid to be there. The home I lived in and the relationships with the people who lived there were contingent upon my employment. As much as I loved the family I worked for, I wasn’t going to be a nanny forever. It was just a college job.
That experience was wonderful, sometimes- but it was also one of the loneliest times of my life. I didn’t have my own family or friends around- and my place in this new family was meant to make their life easier, so if I needed help, I didn’t feel like I could freely ask for it. I didn’t want to impose on them. Not having anyone else around to ask for help, I became quite fearful of anything going wrong. I didn’t feel secure.
I would rather be a real family member than a paid one.
Privileges of Adoption
Adoption is an act of God where he makes us members of his own family.
“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.”
Romans 8: 14-17 (ESV)
Over the past few weeks in this doctrine series, Melanie and I have been writing about the gospel message.
The gospel of Christ means that we have been offered a free gift of salvation. When we accept that gift and become followers of Christ, we are given a new spirit. This is called regeneration. We are forgiven of our sins and made right before God (justification). But God didn’t stop there. He adopted us. We become his children- with all the privileges this entails.
Adoption is the heart of the gospel.
It’s all about the relationship that God wants to have with us.
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Join us as we take a clear and practical look at some of the most basic and essential tenets of the Christian life – the doctrines of the faith.
Each week, we highlight and explain a core doctrine. Then, we pose the question, “Why does this matter to you and me?”
Also, you can catch all of this year’s “Delight in Doctrine” posts by clicking HERE.
For the purposes of the study, our main texts are first, the Bible, of course, and Wayne Grudem’s classic, HERE.
In closing, it is our prayer that by the end of the year, we all find more delight in understanding what we believe and why we believe it.
“…And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27 (ESV)
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