Adoption Means Reliance

Good afternoon,

For the last few weeks of the ‘Spot’, I’ve been talking about what a huge blessing it is to be adopted into God’s family. Last week we considered that it is out of God’s mercy that He adopts us. This week I want to share something the Lord brought vividly to my attention. Every Friday my wife, Beckey, and I make it a priority to spend the morning together. Last Friday we had breakfast and then we went to split some wood. All went well until a large piece of wood I was lifting onto the splitter slipped and landed on the tip of a finger on my right hand.

As soon as it happened I thought, ‘”That really hurt!” I did not want to take my glove off to see what had happened. I kept thinking to myself, “That really hurt. Why didn’t I just slow down?” I knew that I had either broken the end of my finger or bruised it badly.

When I got home, I contacted someone from our church who has a lot experience treating injuries like mine. She told me to look for a splint that would immobilize my finger. So I went to a local drug store and found the perfect fit. I was greatly relieved to have my finger protected. But now a whole new group of challenges became a reality. Have you ever tried to use your left hand to brush your teeth or button a shirt? This change in my situation illustrated to me a reality of the Christian life. I rely on this finger splint to aid my recovery and to protect my finger. In the same way, I am reliant on Christ to live the Christian life.

Apart from me, you can do nothing. John 15:5

Adoption is a powerful picture of reliance. The adoption process starts when someone decides they are willing to adopt. My heavenly Father chose me. I am dependent on Him. John 15:5 says, “Apart from me, you can do nothing.” That doesn’t mean we can do something. It means we are completely reliant upon God for everything. That’s a beautiful part of adoption.

Missionary Hudson Taylor had complete trust in God's faithfulness. In his journal he wrote: "Our heavenly Father is a very experienced One. He knows very well that His children wake up with a good appetite every morning ... He sustained 3 million Israelites in the wilderness for 40 years. We do not expect He will send three million missionaries to China; but if He did, He would have ample means to sustain them all ... Depend on it, God's work done in God's way will never lack God's supply."

Have a good week

Pastor Glyn