Picture two infants, one the picture of health and energy, beautiful in every way, just waiting for someone to come adopt her, and the other, a little boy full of physical ailments, doomed to live as an orphan indefinitely. Seems a little harsh, but this is the typical picture of adoption as we know it. The children with the pretty smile and quiet demeanor and well-to-do pedigree are usually the ones sought after by parents who are ready to adopt. And what of the other child, the one with all the “problems”? If it were up to most people, he would be passed up, a task for someone else to tackle.
But not for God.
He has chosen to adopt you whether you fit the mold of beauty or not. Got any scars from sin and imperfections? He wants you anyway. Do you feel like you’re never going to be good enough or smart enough or pretty enough to really feel loved? He loves you anyway. “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1). We have been adopted into the family of God, not because we deserve to be there or that we’ve earned our place in is house, but because He loves us and “he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will” (Ephesians 1:5).
Let that thought really sink in as you start a new week.