Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Do you see yourself from God's perspective?

Galatians 4:4-7 NKJV “But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”
When reading through Galatians 4, I couldn’t help but think back to the day my son was born. You see, it was on that day I was fully able to see myself from God’s perspective. Please hang in there with me as I try and explain. My husband and I had always talked about the desire to raise a family. We wanted children very much. After we had been married for 3 or 4 years we became more intentional about trying to get pregnant. After about a year, we saw that it wasn’t going to be as easy as we originally thought. We consulted our doctors and as a result of a few tests, began to see infertility specialists at a local clinic. We were hopeful the infertility route would help us start the family we so desired. Another few years went by and nothing happened. Still eager for a family we looked into the possibility of adoption through local agencies and the foster-to-adopt programs with the Department of Social Services.
I am sharing a part of my story because on the afternoon of my son’s birth it finally hit me... God desires me and pursues me for the same reason I desired and pursued having a child – because we both wanted the same thing. We both wanted to be in relationship. He wants to be in relationship with me just as much as I wanted to be in relationship with a child.
Once our son was born, it didn’t matter that he was adopted, he was ours and we loved him just as if I had carried him myself for 9 months. He was given our family name; he shares our home; he shares all the benefits of being in our family. In the same way, when we accept Christ as our Savior, we are adopted as God’s children. He desires a relationship with us because he wants to. He loves us that much.  
Do you see yourself from God’s perspective? Do you think God loves you just because he wants to or because you have done something to earn his love or please him? He loves you just because you’re you! Rest in that.
Related Scripture: Isaiah 54:10; Jeremiah 31:3; Ephesians 3:18; 1 John 4:16; Romans 8:35 - 39

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