Adoption as Part of God's Eternal Plan
Luke and Melissa Feldner have been attending MCC for 16 years and have two beautiful children; Zoe and Josiah who are 4 years old and 5 months old. Zoe was adopted in 2013 and Josiah just 5 months ago. Both children were adopted by the Feldner’s at birth. The Feldner's have a heart for adoption and seeking and sharing God's Word. Adoption is beautiful, life-changing, and filled with a roller-coaster of joyous emotions and challenges. It also plays an integral part in God's plan for our salvation, and has a solid foundation in Scripture. Here, Luke Feldner tells us a little more about that foundation.
God created literally everything and everyone, but He doesn’t call us His children by virtue of Him being our Creator alone. He gives those who receive Christ – who believe in His name – the right to be called God’s children (Jn 1:12). Before the foundation of the world He predestined some to be adopted as His children, and therefore become heirs of His kingdom (Eph 1:4,5, Gal 4:5-7).
So, if we are in Christ we are already children of the eternal God (Rm 8:16). Yet scripture says we also wait eagerly for the finalization of our adoption as his children (Rm 8:23). Being adopted into God’s “forever family” is both our present reality and our future hope!
When God brings earthly families together through adoption, it is a small picture both of what God has done and is doing for those of us that believe in His Son.
It is a reminder of how abundantly gracious He is, and that His provision and promises are our only hope. It can also be a reminder that many things of eternal value come at a very tangible cost. Our salvation cost God something, and when we pursue things of eternal value it can cost us in many ways – but it is always worth it!
For this and many other reasons, we should support, encourage, and come along side those families God is building through adoption – especially those families that are part of our own body at MCC. The Grays (Jake, Emily, Verity, Hana, and Killian) are currently blessed with the opportunity to adopt another child – a 7 month old boy from India. Please join us in supporting and praying for them during this journey. If you are interested and able to offer financial support, click here to do so.