As someone who has claimed belief in Christ from a very young age, I have seen many seasons in my spiritual walk with the Lord. And, as in most things in this life, as you mature, you begin to realize just how far you are from the target. I had a college professor say once, “The more I learn, the more I realize I don’t know.” I think this holds so very true in our spiritual lives as well. The closer we get to knowing and experiencing Christ in our lives, the more we see that we are unworthy and the more we value the Gospel of Grace that has been lavished upon us.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” Ephesians 2:8
When I was younger, this was very comforting to me. Knowing that my salvation was secure, and nothing I could do would mess that up for me, made me feel safe. But the gospel isn’t just about me and my safety, in fact it isn’t about me at all!
I should have been so captivated by the magnitude of this gift I’d received that it propelled me into action. In God’s continued grace and work on my life, I now see that this is exactly the sort of fruit that should be coming from my walk. I can’t simply have an appreciation for my spiritual adoption into God’s family. I can’t allow this to be academic knowledge alone. If my entire purpose in life is to bring glory to my heavenly Father, then I must do more than claim Him.
I must live as He lived.
The more I study the Theology of my spiritual adoption, which is at the core of the gospel, I am overwhelmed by our Father’s heart for the fatherless. I find myself with a deep desire to feel what He feels when he sees suffering and need, especially in children. He has used the adoption of our two boys, Colin and Cameron, to teach me even more about His love for us; about how He has mapped out each day for our good and His glory! So today, as I am on a plane to bring two more precious boys into our family, my prayer is that God would use us to bring the hope that comes through the gospel to Connor and Cooper and that He would be glorified in all we do as a family.
Brothers and Sisters, let us remind one another that to truly love Christ is to love others. To serve Him is to serve others. And, as the old D.C. Talk song says, “I don’t care what ya say, I don’t care what ya heard, Love? Love is a Verb!” (D.C. Talk video HERE)