Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Rescued for Love - Rescued to Love

(a post Matt shared on paragonchurch.blogspot.com too)

Today is St Patrick's Day.  Around the Sellers' house it is also "Gotcha" Day.  It is the day we celebrate "getting" Endale.  It has been one year since we walked into the transition house and picked up our son to hold him for the first time.  And what a year it has been.  Full of all sorts of fun and learning and most of all... CHANGE.

I look at ADOPTION and I see a picture of what God has done for us... and how He is changing us to be more like Him every day.

Ephesians 1:3-5 (ESV) - Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,

The entire first chapter of Ephesians [READ HERE] is amazing.  It gives me goosebumps when I read it.  It is only two (long) sentences long, but full of the love that God has for you and me.

I love where it says "IN LOVE he predestined us for ADOPTION."  Do you know what that means?

Listen to the way JI Packer explains it...
"Adoption is the highest privilege the gospel offers, arguably higher than salvation. Adoption is higher because of the relationship it involves with God. Salvation is wonderful, but it does not imply necessarily an intimate relationship. But in adoption, God doesn’t just save us, but He takes us into his family as children and heirs."

Our adoption as sons and daughters is just as amazing as our salvation.

God didn’t just redeem you from your sin. He adopted you into His family as His child. Many of us really struggle to feel God’s love for us. We hear and sing about it, but don’t really feel it. We don’t understand or feel the fullness of His love. Some of you don’t even think that God likes you, let alone loves you. Our view of God is that He walks around frustrated with us and tolerates us. Or that He just uses us for His purposes.

You will never fully feel the fullness and depth of God’s love until you understand the kind of love in which He loves you. It’s more than just a general love. It’s the kind of love that a dad has for his child.

If someone were to ask you, “How do you know that God loves you?” You would respond by quoting John 3:16 (ESV): “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

You would argue that God loves the whole world, and I’m in the world. Therefore He must love me. If that is the fullness of your understanding of how God loves you, then you do not fully understand the depth of how much He truly loves you.

The disciple John was talking about this kind of love. At first, he was just a disciple, but then something happened during the resurrection. He became a son. That truth blew his mind. He wasn’t just an apostle, someone God was using to expand the kingdom, but he was now a child of the Living God.

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; (1 John 3:1a ESV)

The day my first son was born... my life changed.  My mindset changed.  My idea of a father's love changed.  My second son came along and everything changed even more.  My daughter's birth took me to a whole new level of a Father's Love.  The day we landed in Ethiopia was the beginning of something even more amazing.  I realized what ADOPTION really is.  And I have seen it play out over the last year.  I've seen God's love come full circle.  

In LOVE He adopted me.  His Love Rescued Me.  That love is changing me to be more like Him.  His Love rescued me to Love others.  A year ago, we went to Ethiopia to ADOPT a little boy whose life will ever be changed.  We have given up many things to make this life change happen (and I don't say that in a way to say "look at how holy we are" but instead look at what God is doing and what God has done - after all, He gave up HIS ONE AND ONLY SON to bring me into His family - so much more than the little earthly stuff I had to give up).  The most amazing part of all of this... I see in the video the life change that has taken place in Endale's life... but while making the video, I saw just how much that little guy has changed my life in the process.



No comments: