God provided the way for all of us to know Him as our Father through Christ. He has provided blessings undeserved by us who were alienated from Him because of sin, even His enemies.
In the first chapter of Ephesians we see how God blesses those He claims as His own. There are at least three ways:
1. He has chosen to rescue you from your helpless condition (V. 4).
We are all sinners. Romans 3 makes that plain! We are really worse off than just being sinners. We are dead (Eph. 2:1). We are selfish and disobedient (Eph. 2:2). Instead of children of God, before our redemption, we were children of wrath!
For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly (Romans 5:6 NKJV). Folks we are utterly incapable of saving ourselves. We are helpless and hopeless without Christ, but in spite of His foreknowledge of our sin and hopelessness, God chose before the foundation of the world to rescue us from our helpless condition.
The text says he chose us in Him! That is our position in Christ. We are in God. Notice the purpose—that we should be holy and without blame before him in love. We could never achieve any of that on our own, but God chose to pick us up out of our pitiful state of sin and rescue us to be with Him, holy and full of love.
2. He has chosen to adopt you as His own child (V. 5).
Isn’t it great that God chose to rescue us from our helpless slavery to sin? AMEN! It gets better though.
God in His sovereignty, not only rescued us from sin, the grave, and hell, but he predestined us to adoption as sons (His own precious children).
But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. (Galatians 4:4-7 NKJV)
Only adult children get immediate access to the inheritance. This is the way God has adopted us. We immediately have access to all He has! Look with me at Ephesians 1:11-14. We have a guaranteed inheritance because we are His children forever! Why? Christ’s work. He has purchased us with His own blood. Those who have believed God and his redemptive work through Christ, repented from sin, and surrendered to the Lordship of Christ are immediately adopted into the family of God with all the rights of grown sons, and they are His children forever! What a Blessing!
3. He has chosen to accept you for His pleasure (V. 5b-6).
Notice the reason for God’s adopting us. It is NOT FOR US! It is for Him! It is for His pleasure and for His glory!
God adopted us in our unworthiness to make His grace look great. God’s action is radically God-centered and God-exalting. God seeks His own glory! HE IS WORTHY! He is not undeservingly selfish! He deserves all we can give Him and so much more!
Look with me at Ephesians 1:12 and 14. Notice the emphasis, “to the praise of His glory!”
We need to exalt God for His glory. That is our purpose. This is why He created us. We are redeemed to be enabled for us to do this! We are adopted and placed for this! We are gifted for this purpose—for the praise of His Glory!
Since we have been blessed so much by our Heavenly Father—given so much love from Him, Christy and I want to share that love with others. God placed the desire on our hearts years ago to adopt a child without a family. After we had Levi and struggled through the greatest trial of our life this far, we weren’t sure we’d be able to, even after God brought us back to where we should be with Him. The burdens of raising a special needs child seemed too heavy to add additional children.
Now we are in a place in our relationship with God and with each other that we have never been! God is SO GOOD! We are closer to Him and closer to each other than ever, and God has given us a desire to rescue a child from his helpless condition. As a matter of fact, God has given us the desire to rescue two little boys from an orphanage in Ghana, Africa.
Thanks to Whitney Reynolds and Tammy Maloney and Hearts4Ghana Ministries we have a plan in place to bring these two boys into our family as adopted sons with all the rights of fully grown children to the praise of His glory who lifted us out of the mire and pit of sin by the revelation of The Way through His Son, The Word of Life!
We are bringing children into our family, not for us, but for God’s glory! God adopted us for the praise and glory of His grace; therefore, we adopt for the praise and glory of His grace!
Someone may ask, “Why didn’t you adopt a child that looks like you?” Our goal is not to raise a child that is like us, but a child that is being made to be like Jesus—to live and praise our God through Christ!
Please pray for us as we follow God’s direction in this adoption process, and pray for our family and these two new sons, that God will prepare all of our hearts and lives for one another, and pray for wisdom in planning and procedures and for all the resources we need to complete this adoption.
You can listen to the sermon that was a part of our adoption announcement by clicking on this link to Sermon Cloud.