My thoughts about orphan care used to center around biology. Meaning, if you were unable to have biological children, you adopted. Sadly, my imagination didn’t stretch much further than this, and my thoughts fit neatly into a box that didn’t require anything from me. Mercifully, the Lord rescued me from this poor understanding of my role in orphan care. He opened my eyes to see that orphan care is predominantly about theology, not biology. My understanding of who God is, and who I am, has led me to see that I’m not just required to engage in orphan care, but I also need to desire it. Disengagement is disobedience.
Scripture teaches that God sent his son to redeem us, so we might receive adoption into his family (Gal. 4:4-7). Romans 8 affirms that we’ve received the spirit of adoption as sons and are fellow heirs with Christ. Our adoption gives us the right to know God as father and to be heirs with Christ. Our identity is anchored in the truth that God is our father, and we are his children. J. I. Packer says, “Our understanding of Christianity cannot be better than our grasp of adoption.” If we are in Christ, then we must understand that we were orphans, but God made us his children through adoption. He rescued us.
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