Many Christians feel a stirring in their hearts when they think about the orphans of our world, without necessarily feeling “called” to adopt. I’d like to issue a challenge to those Christians. But first, let me disclaim: Not every Christian is called to adopt. I know that. But when I read that OVER a THIRD of Americans have considered adoption, but that only 2% follow through, my heart breaks.
God defends the cause of the fatherless (Psalm 10:14). He loves the children of this world. But the children are in trouble. There are 147 million orphans in our world. The orphans of Ethiopia alone equal the population of greater New York City.
If these numbers – which represent individual souls loved by God – burden you as a Christian, then let God use you. If your heart has any leaning towards adoption, don’t wait on God to drop a neon blinking sign from heaven that says “PROCEED.”
God has made many things clear in His Word:
– He loves a cheerful giver – so we don’t wait around wringing our hands, wondering if we’re going against Him when we give to the poor.
– He loves His Church – so we don’t say, “I’m not sure if I feel called to worship & learn with other believers.”
– He loves orphans – so we don’t have to wonder whether God is pleased if we pure heartedly pursue loving orphans through His strength.
You don’t have to have it all figured out before you take your first step of faith towards adoption… if you overwhelm yourself with thoughts of finances and square footage and decisions and paperwork, you may paralyze yourself to the power that comes from just taking a step in Christ and trusting that He will lead you through each step that follows.
I have already been immeasurably blessed through God’s beautiful invention of adoption, and we aren’t even through the paperwork! Let God also bless you!