The Coming of Eden

Last Thursday I had the distinct privilege of going to the airport to witness the coming of Eden. Pastor Jon Hori of Lifesong Community Church and his family arrived from China with their new daughter Eden.

On Sunday, March 27, 2011, I shared a message based on an appeal from Mother’s Love Orphanage, with whom we have partnered for years. They were giving us the rare opportunity to adopt six orphans with special needs.

The appeal was made and four of the six children have found families to love them and help change their destiny. Eden is number two. Carey and Patti Yung brought home number one, their new son, Samuel, on May 31, 2012.

On that Sunday, I shared six thoughts about adoptions based on Romans 8:14-17, Ephesians 1:5 and Galatians 4:1-7.  Here are the thoughts without explanations: 

  1. Adoption liberates the adoptee from fear (Romans 8:15a).
  2. Adoption provides the adoptee with status (Romans 8:15b).
  3. Adoption gives the adoptee a family (Romans 8:16). 
  4. Adoption changes the adoptee’s destiny (Romans 8:17).
  5. Adoptions are intentional (Ephesians 1:5). 
  6. Adoptions are costly (Galatians 4:1-7)  

These six biblical thoughts about adoption will apply to each of the children and their new families.

The good news is that these same six thoughts apply to each one of us since the scriptures address how we have been adopted by God through His Son, Jesus. Upon confessing our sins and deciding to follow Christ, we become fellow heirs of the kingdom with Jesus. We are liberated from fear, receive status, become a part of a family and have our destiny changed through the intentional and costly act of Jesus going to the cross to die for our sins.

Have you taken the step to have your destiny changed by Jesus? If you have, are you living the life of an adopted child of God the Father?

Something to think about...

Note: Please pray for the Dan and Vera Christian family and the Jason and Shannon Chua family as they await their “gotcha” date in China.