A verse that is near to my heart is, “We are to grow up in every way into Him who is the head, into Christ.” [Ephesians 4:15b]
God’s heart for us isn’t just that we’d believe in Him but that we would go deep in knowing Him. He longs to be our whole life not just a compartment in our lives. Another favorite verse from Colossians [1:28] presents a picture of how we’re called to help others grow into this maturity with Christ, “Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.”
These verses provide just a bit of insight into what Clayton and I feel called to give our lives to and what we experience as campus ministers. When we were in college, someone came alongside each of us and helped us to grow spiritually. The simple [yet profound] fact that someone cared enough to take the time to get to know us, answer our questions, help us explore our doubts, teach us, and provide encouragement, accountability and direction completely changed our lives forever! And now through building deep, intentional relationships with some of our students this is also what we get to do for others.
We share in our “about us” section on this blog that our heavenly Father has adopted us [His children] as His sons and daughters. The Word of God talks about this on numerous occasions. This is a big source of our passion to adopt a child as earthly parents. I’ve been contemplating this desire to adopt and our adoption process a lot lately. As I’ve done so, I’ve made a connection: adoption is everywhere, and plays a huge role in our life! We are adopted as God’s children, we are seeking to adopt a child, AND we get to help others [in this season of life it’s college students] grow in understanding their spiritual adoption.
This is a huge component of how we spend our time, especially in these past few weeks as the semester and school year wound down. I do regret that in all of this busyness we have not been sharing more updates on our adoption as of late. Rest assured…we are most certainly still pursuing it! School is out now, and we are taking a few days to spend some much needed time away from “everything” and with each other. But next week we hope to finish up the last of our home study paperwork and will begin the process of applying for grants and planning fundraising events. Please keep praying for us as God brings our family to mind.
Here are some pictures of our spiritual “children:” those who we get to invest our lives in as they grow in understanding and living out their spiritual adoption….