The Bible says, “[We] received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘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 joint heirs with Christ” (vv.15-17 NKJV).

Adoptive parents understand what it’s like to have an emptiness in their hearts, to search, to set out on a mission, to take responsibility for a child with a troubled past and an uncertain future. Imagine; that’s what God did for you! Knowing full well the trouble you’d be, and what it would cost to keep you, He sought you, found you, paid the price for you, took you home, gave you His name and the right to call Him “Abba,” which means “Daddy,” a term of endearment.

Adoption isn’t something you earn; it’s a gift you receive. No well-meaning adoptive parent would say, “We’ll adopt Juana, but first we want to know—does she have a house, money for tuition, a ride to school in the morning and clothes to wear every day?” The adoption agency would say, “Hold on, you’re not adopting her because of what she has, but because of what she needs. She needs love, hope, a home and a future.”

You don’t earn the Spirit of adoption, you receive it by faith. That’s important, because if you can’t gain adoption by your stellar efforts, you can’t lose it through your poor performance. How reassuring! It gets better too: you’re an “heir” to all your Father owns. That means whatever you need, He will provide! How good is that?

“You received the Spirit of adoption.” Ro 8:15 NKJV

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