After more than a year, the Ellis clan is together. Our little Benjamin is enjoying the benefits of being chosen, pursued, and redeemed. It will be a few years before he realizes the tremendous love that motivated his parents’ hard work and sacrifice. For now, he’s just enjoying mandarin oranges, toy trucks, and cartoons. Learning a different language won’t take long because he has two new brothers and a little sister with a long line of teachers’ blood coursing through their veins. I know Jessa will be more than happy to offer her expertise.
Today, Benjamin has no idea what he has been saved from. He can’t possibly understand that he no longer has to dread turning 14 when he would be released from the orphanage to the streets. He doesn’t realize China would consider him unlucky, and therefore shun him because of his orphan status. He now has a new name, a new family, and an inheritance.
Benjamin’s adoption projects a clear picture of the love God has for each of us. Like Benjamin, we did nothing to win God’s favor. We were simply orphans in need of someone to love us, provide for us, protect, and bless us. It took me a while to see all God had saved me from, but when I did, the contrast was blinding. It’s only against the blackness of life without Christ that we can appreciate the dazzling, light-catching facets of His love. We have been saved from God-separating death, and given a new name, a new family, and an inheritance that never spoils or fades.
Jennifer and Jim would have been devastated if Benjamin had pushed them away and resisted their embrace. Instead, they enjoyed him clinging to them and flashing that sweet smile. I believe the Holy Spirit connected their hearts long ago and pulled them tightly together the day they met.
I’m hoping you’ve felt the Holy Spirit pulling you to Jesus with a mighty squeeze. If you two aren’t as close as you’d like, don’t resist. “For those led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.” (Romans 8:14-16, NIV)
So, go ahead. Squeeze back and make God’s day!