How We Serve, Part 5: Adoption

For You From The Word

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! (1 John 3:1, NIV)

For You To Think About

Fifth in a series of Birthmothers’ Core Values – the beliefs that drive our service to those who face an unplanned pregnancy

God calls His people to welcome children into adoptive families and to welcome people of all ages into His spiritual family.

young adoptive family: dad, mom, newbornAt Birthmothers we term this double function “Adoption Squared” (Adoption2).

In mathematics, a square is the result of multiplying a number by itself, as in 3 x 3 = 9. In the same way, adoption squared is the cumulative result in building strong families by multiplying two sides of the adoption coin: legal adoption and spiritual adoption.

Legal adoption is the transfer of parental rights and responsibilities to another adult or adults. When women and men who face an unplanned pregnancy are made aware of the adoption option, they have complete information they need to make an informed decision. Legal adoption can build families.

Spiritual adoption is the addition of an individual into God’s Kingdom. Women, men, and children are introduced to Jesus Christ and experience His unconditional love as a way to open the door – or strengthen – their relationship with our Heavenly Father. Spiritual adoption can introduce His saving grace for the very first time or strengthen a life that is already part of the Kingdom.

Adoption – both legal adoption and spiritual adoption – is powerful. Both can offer a sense of belonging, family, and refuge.

For You To Pray

Heavenly Father,
You desire to grow both earthly families and Your spiritual family. Show me how to share about the adoption option with those who face an unplanned planned pregnancy – and how to share about Your unconditional love with those who are not yet adopted into Your spiritual family.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

More about How We Serve

How We Serve, Part 4: Unity

How We Serve, Part 3: Faithfulness

How We Serve, Part 2: Relational Evangelism

How We Serve, Part 1: Unconditional Love

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