There are approximately 147 million orphans in the world today. I was one of those orphans until I was 18 months old and was adopted by my mom and dad.
Being adopted and having a relationship with Christ has impacted me in so many ways. I can see a lot of similarities between adoption and an ongoing relationship with Christ. Some of the similarities are:
1. A fresh start
When I was adopted my parents changed my name to Kiah. Looking back, my name change signified the transition from orphan to the member of a forever family. My name change reminded me of 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” The name change also reminded me of the fresh start that is offered with a relationship with Christ. When a person starts a relationship with Christ that past is the past, and future will hopefully be influenced by Christ.
2. The power to change a situation
I didn’t really realize I had the power to change the fact that there are roughly 147 million orphans in the world. Then I came across this verse, “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17, ESV). The verse clearly states “whatever you do” not “whatever others do” (ESV). God wants you to do what you can to change a situation whether it be related to the orphan situation or to something else. The point I want to get across is don’t compare what others are doing to what you can do.
3. A forever family
In the adoption world when a child is adopted by the family is coined as the “forever family.” In simple terms the “forever family” is the family the child will hopefully be a part of for a very long time. Ephesians 1:5 says, “God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure” (NLT). I feel that accepting a relationship with Christ is very similar to becoming part of a forever family.