We weren’t called to adopt…

Our family wasn’t called to adopt.  That’s right.  We were not called to adopt any of our three precious children.  We never heard the voice of God.  We never saw the writing in the sand.  We never encountered a burning bush.  We never saw God appear before our eyes in a theophany where he specifically said or visibly showed, I want you to adopt these three wonderful children.  “Calling” would in no way, shape or form define what we have done.  The most accurate word to articulate this journey in which we continue to find ourselves is the word “command.”  More than thirty times in both the Old and New Testaments, we are commanded to take up the cause of the orphan.  James 1:27, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress.”  Psalm 82:3, “Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.”  Isaiah 1:17, “Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.”  We, in no way are, per se, called to adopt.  But, what we are commanded to do concerning the orphan is to look after them, defend them, feed them, cloth them, shelter them, provide for them, love them, spiritually nurture them, take up their cause as though it was our cause, and yes, perhaps even adopt them.  We are commanded to do for the orphan what they cannot do for themselves – helpless children who in no way brought their situation or circumstance upon themselves.  When you hear someone say, this is someone else’s responsibility, I have not been called to adopt, indeed this would be an accurate statement.  You haven’t been called, you’ve been commanded to do something for those who cannot provide even the basic necessities of life for themselves.  So, the next time you look into the eyes of a helpless child, remember the command we’ve been given as one of Christ’s disciples:  “to look after and take up the cause of the orphan.”

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Our home is Okemos, Michigan. Our life is the work and ministry of Jesus Christ. Our worship is of God alone. Our goal is to live a supernatural life.

Posted on April 28, 2012, in Orphan. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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