Have you ever noticed once something becomes part of your life that you start observing others with similar things or relationships?
When we had children, I started noticing other mothers with children, strollers and diaper bags – more than I had ever done before. Years ago we bought a black truck. As soon as we bought that truck, I started seeing black trucks everywhere – many of them just like mine. Now that I have an adopted granddaughter, I keep discovering someone who has an adopted family member or someone who is considering adoption – or is involved in a ministry involving orphans.
Practically everyone has a soft spot for orphans. It is heart wrenching to imagine a child who has lost both parents or who has been abandoned by her parents. Orphans have a life, but not a home. They may live in an orphanage with other children, but they need a family to call their own.
The fortunate children in such a situation are adopted. A family who wants a child is matched with a child that needs a home. God did not ask my husband and me to adopt a child, but I praise Him that He did ask my son, his wife and their two sons to do so. All of our lives have been incredibly enriched.
God is the creator of all men and He gave them life. However, He created mankind with the ability to choose. Adam and Eve chose to sin. Death and separation from God was the result of their choice. We are no different. Our sin separates us from an intimate relationship with God.
The concept of adoption originated with God. Jesus Christ paid for our sin. Those who accept His gift of grace are adopted by God the Father. He has provided an eternal home for His adopted children. We are orphans no more.
I have been adopted by God. I am part of His family. My granddaughter has been adopted by my son’s family. She is part of my family. These facts have created in me a new understanding and urgency for evangelism.
I now see spiritual orphans everywhere – people who live but do not yet have an eternal home with God. Those who refuse the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ will forever be separated from Him. They will remain orphans – existing outside of God’s family and His home.
I pray that as God gives me opportunity, I will pay the price to introduce those who do not yet know Christ as Savior – the orphans of the world – to my Father and my family.
“And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever- the Spirit of truth whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also” (John 14: 16-19).