Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.

Adoption in its most basic term is the act of taking something or someone on as your own. It comes from the Old French word adoptare, meaning “to choose for oneself.” It usually refers to the legal process of a non-biological parent becoming the legal parent to a child, having all rights and say about how they are brought up.

But we know adoption goes much deeper than just the legal ramifications. Adoption is life-changing in every possible way for all involved. A husband and wife passionately pursuing a child to become their own…their deep sense of longing…a family giving love, personal care, and stability to help a child thrive is such a beautiful picture of what God does for each of His children.

The theme of adoption runs deep in the Bible. This week, we’ll be exploring lots of passages on this topic. It is literally what God has done for each and every one of us. He has made us His children. He radically changed the trajectory and course of our lives. Through Jesus, He gave us an identity worth celebrating, a hope to rely on, and a future to be so very excited about. There is no greater sentiment in the history of mankind.

• What typically comes to mind when you think about adoption as described in the Bible?

• How does this impact your life?

• Thank God for the beautiful act of adoption. Thank Him for adopting you! If you know anyone that has recently adopted a child or is going through the adoption process, commit to pray for them and their adoption journey. Send them a note of support.