I watched a video awhile back that was an adoption video where they recorded the court proceedings and the viewer got to see the slam of the gavel and the judge officially declare the teenager a son of the two parents.
It was beautiful to watch. The teenager went from having no family to instantly having a family. From stranger, to friend. From orphan, to son. The beauty of adoption. And here’s the best part: the teenager did absolutely nothing to deserve this adoption. Do you know why he was adopted? Because the parents chose to do so. It was from the good will of their hearts to adopt that boy and change his life.
This is a wonderful picture of what happens when God saves us. But there is so much more. The teenager hadn’t done things wrong and the parents didn’t need to be appeased. Though there are similarities, this example—just like all ex- amples—never paint the clearest picture of God’s love for us.
In our adoption, we went from enemies (Romans 5:10) to friends (John 15:15); from haters of God (Romans 1:30) to lovers of God (1 John 4:18). This is astounding. It is revolutionary, out of this world.
Our adoption into the family of God didn’t merely have to have formal (heavenly) court proceedings of declaring us God’s children; we had to be forgiven first. We were (and still are) sinners. It wasn’t all peaches and roses beforehand. We were previously at war with God (Romans 8:7). But once he adopts us, it’s over. “ . . . Once we are welcomed into His family,” wrote the late R.C. Sproul, “we are truly His sons and daughters, and there is no more war.”
We have special access to the Father as his children. We can “approach his throne of grace with boldness” (Hebrews 4:16). Boldness does not mean arrogance. Boldness, in this context, is confidence. Not confidence in ourselves, but con- fidence that we’ve been adopted into his family because of the blood of Christ. Jesus’s atonement solidified our unrestricted access to the throne of grace—and we had nothing to do with it (Ephesians 2:8).
This devotional was taken from a small excerpt of my new book Taking No for an Answer: How to When God Says No to Our Prayers.