One essential element of being adopted is being chosen. Ephesians 1:4 says that we were chosen before God ever created the world we live in. Verse 5 says, “Having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.”
I want to go back to Abram. There are some amazing words used to describe his descendants. Genesis 13:6 says that the land could not hold Abram and Lot because they had so many possessions. Two men. When I have read this account before, it seemed that Lot was looking out only for himself to get the best. This time as I read, I saw Lot’s decision orchestrated by God. They separated. In verses 14-15 the Lord told Abram to look northward, southward, eastward, and westward. He said that all the land Abram could see He would give to his descendants.
Verse 16 says, “And I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth; so that if a man could number the dust of the earth, then your descendants also could be numbered.” We know from many passages that they could not be numbered. They were uncountable, innumerable, and countless. In Genesis 15:5 the Lord took Abram out to look at the stars. It says, “…count the stars if you are able to number them. And He said to him, So shall your descendants be.”
We are chosen and adopted because we are loved by our Creator. That love cannot be accounted for in human terms. In Psalm 139:17-18, David tried to associate God’s love with something natural. It says, “How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; when I awake, I am still with You.”
John 1:12 says that when we receive Jesus as our Savior, we become children of God. Verse 13 succinctly emphasizes that it is by God’s will. It says, “who are born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor the will of man, but of God.” 1 John 3:1 says, “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!…” Romans 8:15 says, “For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, Abba Father.”
When God told Abram that He would give him descendants that would be more in number than the stars, Genesis 15:6 says, “And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.” We believers are the fruit of Abram’s trust in the Lord. I can imagine when we are all with the Lord at the end of all time. Countless, innumerable, and uncountable multitudes are standing together. The Lord says to Abram: look (and He sweeps His arm out over the crowd) because you believed these are your fruit that has glorified Me.
We still have time to add to this number. We are called to be evangelists. We have a wonderful, marvelous, inexhaustible heritage as adopted children of God. Yet He has room for countless more. His love is ready to reach out and embrace everyone who comes to Him. There is no limit or boundary to His love. Romans 10:14 says, “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?”