I have heard stories about people who were adopted say they had a longing, or a feeling like something is missing in them. If they discover their birth parents this sense is sometimes alleviated. It is as if we are built with a yearning to know where we came from, what our roots are. This probably also explains the popularity of family trees, genealogy and ancestry sites which are more easily accessible now.
God, the original infinite family – 3 in one- God, Holy Spirit & Jesus, created the first family,‘ All things were created by Him and for Him’ Colossians 1:16– Adam and Eve. He created us for His pleasure but not in the sense of pleasure as we may describe it but for relationship. Since the beginning, the longing to belong and have relationship was deeply implanted in us all.
We all seek identity in one form or another even if we had the most attentive, loving parents in the world and especially if we are followers of Christ. We were created to have relationship with God and He pursues our hearts, then when we listen and use our free will to choose Him, he adopts us. I love how the New Living Translation says it, “God decided in advance to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself by Jesus Christ. This is what He wanted to do and it gave Him great pleasure.” Ephesians 1:5
I don’t believe this quest of belonging is ever wasted. We are on a journey of discovery about who we are in Christ from the moment we choose Him. It is when we discover who He is, what His heart is, that we can get to the heart of who we are. Like those people discovering their birth parents, we find the place of affiliation in God’s family.
“But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also heirs.” Galatians 4:4-7
I have a lot of family that is not biological but because we share the blood of Jesus, it is a deep connection. Sometimes it is instant before a relationship is really formed. It is a sweet thing when you know your hope lies in the same place, the person of Jesus.
Where does your hope lie? Jesus died for you too. Come as you are, as a little child. Read Luke 15:11-32 and see His heart for you. He is waiting for you to come home.