In his book, Satisfied, Jeff Manion talks about the concept of adoption in ancient Ephesus. Infant exposure was practiced in ancient Greece when babies were unwanted or considered cursed in some way. People dumped the unwanted children in a field near the giant amphitheater in town, and if someone wanted to find a slave for free, they could decide to "adopt" one of the abandoned babies to raise it for a future servant.

However, Ephesians talks about how we have been adopted as sons (Eph. 1:4-5). We were rejected and abandoned, left to die, but God chose us, picked us up, and claimed us as His children. We are His sons and daughters.

This not only affords us great value, it gives us great responsibility. We are now responsible, as members of God's family, to welcome in the children He adopts every day. I don't know what it's like to be adopted, but I've heard from those who do that the acceptance of biological children has a big impact on the child's assimilation into a family. As current members of God's family, we can show the world that this is a loving, welcoming place to be, or we can give the impression that all we do is bicker and judge.

Let us not get in the way of the Holy Spirit's work in the hearts of those He is wooing to the Father. When we encounter individuals in our churches or workplaces or neighborhoods who are seeking, let us be the future siblings to welcome them into God's family. Let us be the ones to tell them, "We have been adopted as sons, and we want you to know the love of our Father, too."

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Hello! I'm Faith. I'm a verbal processor who wants to love the Lord and love people with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I write to think and think to write. I don't drink coffee. I am a dogless dog lover. I enjoy hosting large parties in my home, and I enjoy being alone. Join me in looking to Him and pursuing A Radiant Face.


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