The security of a daddy’s arms and the gentle care of a mother are precious gifts from God. God gives us these gifts because He loves us. We are God’s children, and He is our Father.
There is nothing more beautiful than adoption. Our family has been touched by adoption recently and in the past.
This past Sunday, our church did a focus on adoption and foster parenting.
Matthew 18:5 tells us that “..whoever welcomes a little child in my name welcomes me.”
James 1:27 says “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”
These statements came from the video shown in our service:
- Right now, there are 145 million orphans worldwide.
- Every 5.2 seconds a child dies.
- On 9/11, 2, 972 people died. TODAY, 16,600 children will die… yet no one will talk about that.
- From 1939-1945, Hitler executed over 6 million Jews. Over 6 million children will die this year alone.
- Every 2.2 seconds, an orphan ages out of the system worldwide. Many will become prostitutes or hard criminals.
- In the USA, 520,000 + children are in the foster care system. 120,000 are immediately adoptable. Many are housed outside of their home counties because a lack of foster homes.
- There are 27 million victims of human trafficking worldwide. 13 million of these are children. 1 million children will be added to this every year!
What is our response? As a Christian, what is our response?
Pastor Paul gave a startling statistic. Each year, Americans spend over 50 billion dollars a year on their PETS. This is enough money to adopt 5 million children!!
Where are our priorities?
As a Christian, there is no better analogy to compare adoption with than how God adopted us into his family. We, just like an orphan, has nothing to offer God. However, God rich in his mercy gave his ALL, his only Son, to adopt us into His family.
Galatians 4: 3-6
3 In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. 4 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. 6 And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”
What sacrifices are we willing to make for the “least of these”?
Could we be a big brother or big sister to someone in need? Could we volunteer at a local boys or girls home? Could we be foster parents? Is God calling us to adopt?
Luke 12:48 “..to whom much is given, much is required”
“Science may have found a cure for most of the world’s evils, but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all… the apathy of human beings.” – Helen Keller