“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’ So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.”
~ Galatians 4:4-7
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!”
As we near the end of our Adoption/Orphan Care series this month, there is one final topic we’re going to touch on which I feel is the most important: ADOPTION. Now this might be a scary thought for you, especially if you’re young, single, and/or not even thinking about kids yet. However, through this series we’ve discovered God’s heart towards the orphan, Christ’s view of the least of these, and our divine mandate and responsibility before God. Orphans are not a problem and responsibility of the world, they are our concern, and we have a divine commission to care for them. And while there are many ways in which to get involved in orphan care, the only lasting and permanent difference one can made in the life of an orphan is to make them an orphan no longer. Orphan care programs cannot decrease the number of fatherless children, only adoption can lower that statistic.
I’m not saying you should stop contributing to orphan care ministries, no! But you must realize that while these programs do care for the immediate needs of fatherless children, they do not address the core issue: that these children's greatest need is a family. God, as the Creator of everything, designed the family unit which included a mom and a dad to raise godly children. This does not include a director, his staff, and over fifty kids! God intended that each child would have their own mommy and daddy, which is why each fatherless, motherless, or parentless child yearns for a whole and complete family of their own. So will you provide that family for an orphaned child?
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Many adults, especially in America, have qualms concerning adoption and worry that they can’t love a child not biologically theirs or that the process is too difficult and costly. While these are very real misgivings for many, they shouldn’t be. What if God had the same thoughts about us? What if He was worried that the God-head would not be able to accurately love a child brought into the family through adoption? What if He decided that it would be too difficult and costly? Then we would still be stuck in our sins without the hope of eternal life! For we have been brought into the family of God through the ministry of adoption, and this was not an easy task! It cost Christ everything. He left His heavenly home, became a man, lived the perfect life we could not, was mocked and ridiculed by the very people He came to save, walked the journey to the cross, bore the sins of the world, faced the judgment of the holy God, and died a criminal’s cruel death. And while Jesus has risen from the grave and returned to the Father, He will bear the marks laid on Him by His creation throughout all eternity. This was the process that was required for our adoption, and this was the exorbitant price paid. Therefore, how can we think it too much to invest several thousand dollars and possibly travel half-way around the world in order continue the ministry of adoption, when Christ paid with His blood and left eternity to come to earth and adopt us?
This is something He can do with or without our help, yet He invites us to join Him in His ministry to adoption. All He asks is that we join Him with open hearts, and He promises that if we follow Him and His will that He will always provide for everything we need along the way. So don’t let lack of money or a willing spouse keep you from participating in this miracle, because all you need is a heart full of Christ’s love and God, in His perfect timing, will provide the rest. For God never asks how will we follow His will, but are we willing to faithfully follow.
Author's Note ~
If you have been moved to look into adoption, please visit Show Hope, a Christian organization that cares for orphans, actively advocates the cause of the fatherless, and also provides financial aid to families seeking to adopt.
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My Miracle Story
So to close out this wonderful series on adoption and orphan care, I would like to share my testimony of God’s faithfulness and bear witness to the power adoption has to transform the life of an orphaned child. Read more
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