A Modern Parable of Vertical and Horizontal Adoption

The following is a story told by Richard D. Phillips in the book Reclaiming Adoption:

A couple in my church in Philadelphia wanted to have children because they had great love in their hearts from God. I ministered to them over three years in their intense struggle of childlessness, and they finally decided to adopt a child from Russia. They completed the legal work and one day received a photograph of a little boy. He had no idea, but there was suddenly a couple of Christians in America who began spending time with his picture. They gave him a name and started buying things for his room and praying for his whole life. So too, in eternity past, before the worlds were born, God knew his children and named them and poured out his love for them and planned all of what he would do in and through them before they even existed.

The day came when that couple got on a plane for Russia only to encounter many difficulties once they arrived. First, they received a scary medical report that turned out bogus. Then another family arrived from Eastern Europe and tried to take the child, resulting in a ten-day courtroom fight and unexpected expenses. Think too of the difficulties that God the Father came into this world to overcome so that you could be his child, primary of which was the problem of our guilt, which He overcame through the cross of Christ.

Human adoption is a picture of God’s adopting love for us, but God’s adoption of us can also teach us something about what it means to adopt human children. It is not easy, yet you have all you need if you are a child of God. Yes, you must love the child you adopted, but you have a great love within you because God has an eternal and everlasting and costly love for you. He gave what we could never imagine, sending his Son to die on the cross that he might love us. Will you then give you heart to God?

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