“Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God." John 1:12, 13
“You’re going to be a mother tomorrow!” I could hear the excitement in my husband’s voice over the phone. After four long years of waiting and praying, the adoption agency had called while I was out to say they had a baby boy for us.
With that announcement, our lives changed forever. Mourning was replaced by joy, emptiness was replaced by fullness, and our lives took on new purpose. When they laid our son in my arms I knew this was exactly what we had waited for, God’s perfect child for us, placed into our family, not by “natural descent,” but by the will of our Father in heaven.
Our excitement knew no bounds. We immediately realized how little we knew about caring for a baby. We needed parenting books and most of all, the advice of those who had done this before, who had been where we were.
We brought our son home to great rejoicing. Family and friends who had prayed for us couldn’t wait to see him. Our lives were completely new, never to be the same again. The same thing repeated twenty-one months later, when God blessed us with a daughter by adoption.
As Christians, we are the adopted children of God. In Romans 8, Paul says that “by Him we cry ‘Abba,’ Father. The Spirit testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children…co-heirs with Christ…” Our lives change forever, and so must we.
Unlike earthly parents, God knows exactly what His children need and how to give it to them. But baby Christians need to learn a lot of things. For that purpose, God designed the church to reach out to new believers with Bible studies, discipleship groups, one-on-one discipleship, and number one, His Word, the Bible! He has specific experiences and tasks designed for each one of us to mature us, and help us grow into the mature believers He wants us to become.
There is great rejoicing when a new believer enters God’s kingdom. Where do you fit on the growth chart as one newly endowed with the rights of a child of God? Are you nurturing your faith in Christ no matter where you are in your Christian walk?
Pray and seek God’s guidance for what you need today, then trust Him to provide the opportunities and be obedient to accept everything He sends as steps to growth.
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