First published October 11, 2009:
Many Christians ache thinking of the worldwide orphan crisis. OVER a THIRD of Americans have considered adoption, but that only 2% follow through. I realize not every Christian is called to adopt. Still, statistics like these make me wonder whether many are walking away from radical blessing.
God defends the cause of the fatherless (Psalm 10:14). He loves the children of this world. But the children are in trouble. Millions of orphans fill the globe. Those in 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 made many things clear in His Word:
- He loves a cheerful giver –
- so we don’t wring our hands and wondering if we’re “called” to give to the poor. We simply do it!
- He loves His Church –
- so we don’t say, “I’m not sure if I feel ‘called’ to worship and learn with other believers.” We simply do it!
- He loves orphans –
- so we don’t need a blinking sign from heaven to confirm that we’re “called” to imitate God’s love for them. We simply do it!
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!