Recently I adopted a dog out of love and mercy.
Out of love because he is such an adorable 5-month old puppy.
Out of mercy because the owner is very unwell and was unable to look after him.
There are now two dogs in my home as I already have a 6-year old dog, named Yuzu. As they are currently adjusting to each other, my home has become a Barkingham Palace. The barking mayhem is loudest when both dogs are exhibiting and expressing their dominance.
As I reflected on this puppy adoption, I thought of our adoption.
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God … you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba Father” (Romans 8:14-15).
Adoption means a new life and a new beginning in God’s family.
The adopted dog now has a new master. He has to learn new obedience. The old toilet and chewing habits have to change.
Just so, the Bible calls us to learn new obedience, putting off the old habits and putting on new ones.
“That you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts … and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:22,24).
The Bible is very specific about what needs to change as we enter into this new family as God’s adopted children.
“Therefore, putting away lying, “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbour,” … “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath … Let him who stole steal no longer … Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth … Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamour, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:25-30).
I hope our newly adopted dog will become a delightful member in his new home.
And I wonder also if that is what our Abba Father feels about us as His adopted sons and daughters.