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Adoption

Sep 19, 2017
Daily Devotional
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AN AMAZING FACT:  Steve Jobs, the founder and former CEO of Apple, was adopted as a baby.

From Aristotle to Johan Sebastian Bach to Gerald Ford, many famous people have been adopted. Perhaps no adoptee is more relevant to today’s culture, however, than Steve Jobs. As the founder and former CEO of one of America’s most valuable companies, Jobs is widely considered around the world as the leading innovator.

But it wasn’t always easy for him. His unwed birth parents were both graduate students in California—his dad Syrian and his mom American. Unable to take care of him, his mother made arrangements for him to be adopted during her pregnancy by a lawyer and his wife. When plans fell through shortly before he was born, because the first couple decided they wanted a girl instead, Jobs’s birth mother was forced to hand him over to another couple, neither of whom had a college degree. In fact, his dad didn’t even have a high school education. His mother agreed to give him to Paul and Clara Jobs, contingent upon them promising to send Steve to college some day. They made good on their promise, and 17 years later Steve enrolled in college—only to drop out six months later.

The rest is history. Along with a close friend, Steve went on to start Apple Computers at age 20. Apple is the leading technology brand in the world and flirts with the title of most valuable company in America—switching back and forth with Exxon-Mobile. And all this has been accomplished by a man who was put up for adoption by a mother who couldn’t take care of him.

One of the Bible’s favorite salvation themes is adoption. Though we were once in bondage and estranged from Christ, Paul says that we have been adopted into the family of God and we are now His sons and daughters. (See Galatians 4:1–7.) And since we are adopted into God’s family, we can attain to even greater heights than Steve Jobs!

KEY BIBLE TEXTS
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. Romans 8:15




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