His First Choice
by Max Lucado
You are God’s child. He saw you, picked you, and placed you! Jesus said, “You did not choose me, I chose you!” You are God’s child. Replacement or fill-in? Hardly. You are His first choice. The choice wasn’t obligatory, required, compulsory, forced, or compelled. He selected you because He wanted to. You are His open, willful, voluntary choice. He walked onto the auction block where you stood, and He proclaimed, This child is mine!
1 Peter 1:19 says He bought you, “with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” You are His child forever. Your struggles will not last forever—but you will. The promise is in 2 Timothy 2:12: “If we endure, we shall also reign with Him.” Believe it. Clutch it. Tattoo it on the interior of your heart! You are God’s child.
This is why I think adoption is beautiful – parallelisms between how we become God’s children.
Just as God picked us by choice, revealing Himself and His love for us and in Christ we become adopted children of God, so do adoptive parents choose a child to be born in their hearts. Adoptive parents seek the child, just as it is ultimately God who seeks us out despite verses which admonish us to seek Him. Adopted children are no less children and should be no less loved by their adoptive parents, just as though adopted children of His, God loves us with the same love, even seats us with Him and His only begotten Son in the Heavenly realms.