He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light. For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins. Colossians 1:12b-13 NLT
There is an incredibly unique bond in adoptive families between parents and their adopted children that stems from the parents' intentional pursuit of the son or daughter. Many times, the adoption may feel like a rescue because of the circumstances their child was born into or the difficult situations that caused them to be without a reliable family. For most adoptees, the benefits of adoption are life-changing and immeasurable.
In much the same way, God rescues and adopts all who are willing to turn and come to Him. According to the words of the Apostle Paul in these verses in Colossians, God's adoption has five specific impacts on us:
- Enables us to share in the inheritance that belongs to His people
- Rescues us from the kingdom of darkness
- Transfers us to the Kingdom of His dear Son
- Purchases our freedom
- Forgives our sins
Sometimes we forget the major effort it was to rescue and adopt us. It wasn’t the paperwork, lack of funds, or the weeks, months, or years long wait that adopting parents may go through today. It was Jesus Christ, the Son of God, coming into this world to die that we might live. We are reminded of this in the book of Galatians:
But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. Galatians 4:4-5 NLT
Feel loved today! You have been rescued and adopted, and your Father is God Himself!
"If anybody understands God's ardor for his children, it's someone who has rescued an orphan from despair, for that is what God has done for us. God has adopted you. God sought you, found you, signed the papers and took you home." --Max Lucado
Wes Humble is the Executive Director of Ministry and Community Relations at Liberty HealthShare. He has thirty years of experience in various pastoral and editorial roles, and he is passionate about responding to the spiritual needs of both ministry staff and members.