Community- Building: Adoption
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
What joy there is when a long awaited child is adopted into an eager family. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins enthusiastically embrace the new child. The child is assured that he or she has been chosen to belong to this family. Adoption is by choice, not by chance. The child is chosen because of a parent's desire to love and to share their life with the child.
Christians know that God has chosen them to be his children. This is an ongoing theme in the Bible (Romans 8:15; Galatians 3:26-28, 4:5; Ephesians 1:5). Christians are chosen, not because they have earned it, but because God loves them. Christians are chosen, not because of what they can give to God, but because of what God wants to give them. Christians are chosen, not because of what they may accomplish for God, but because of what God can accomplish in and through them.
When we respond to God's choice with belief and obedience, God incorporates us into his family (John 1:11-13). This is a wonderful truth. Teach it to your children. Teach them that they are chosen by God to be loved by him, to belong to his family, and to serve him every day in every way.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. Why was Morrie sad when he visited the pet store with Liz and Lucille?
A. Because he didn't think his parents would ever let him have a dog.
Q. Why did Liz tell Morrie to hide in his closet?
A. Because he was convinced that Morrie's parents were going to send him to reform school.
Q. What surprising news did Morrie’s parents tell him?
A. That he was adopted into their family.
Q. What other surprise did they have for him?
A. They gave him his very own puppy.
This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.
God's loving choice is not intended to create a community that is focused on itself. No, he loves and chooses us so that we can draw others into his family. We are chosen to live holy lives and to tell others about Jesus (Matthew 5:16; 28:19, 20). And, ultimately God chooses us so that we can praise and honor him (Ephesians 1:14, Philippians 1:11).
We are chosen to be loved. We are chosen to lead others to Jesus. We are chosen to honor God so that all can see what a great God he is.