You know how, when you learn about or begin something new, you see it everywhere? That especially happens to me when the Lord has called me to do something. He orchestrates little confirmations in conversations, songs, news stories, movies, books, prophecy, dreams, and especially Scripture.
One of my favorites from this past week was during the Secret Church simulcast (a joint venture of Disciple-Making International and LifeWay) immediately following our orientation at Bethany on Friday night. David Platt spent a considerable amount of time teaching on God’s heart for families, orphans, and adoption. All questions of his motive for doing such were quelled when he announced that he is flying to China next week to pick up his first adopted daughter! Here are some of the points which stood out most to me:
- In the United States:
- Over 45 million abortions have occurred since 1973.
- 1.4 million abortions occur every year; 3,000 abortions occur every day; an abortion occurs every 20-25 seconds.
- One third of American women have an abortion at some point in their lives
- Abortion is an affront to God’s sovereignty as Creator and His glory in creation
- Until we do something to counter abortion, we don’t have a lot of room to speak against it.
- God gives children to families by His grace and for His glory
- “Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!” -Psalm 127:3
- We’re to raise them not to get a great education, become a great athlete, go on great dates, have great careers, or make great money, but to love a great God.
- Adoption is the essence of the Gospel
- By God’s grace, we have been adopted as sons of God
- “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.” – Galatians 4:4
- “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, in Christ; for He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ for Himself, according to His favor and will, to the praise of His glorious grace that He favored us with in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure that He planned in Him for the administration of the days of fulfillment —to bring everything together in the Messiah,both things in heaven and things on earth in Him.” – Ephesians 1:3-10
- “All those led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, ” Abba, Father!” The Spirit Himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children, and if children, also heirs heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ—seeing that we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.” – Romans 8:14-17
- Adoption requires someone who possesses the right qualifications (don’t we know that’s true; paperwork is our new hobby!).
- Jesus is fully divine, fully human, and fully righteous; the only being who could ever have atoned for the sins of mankind and given us the inheritance of Elohim.
- “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.” – James 1:27
- There are over 140 million orphans worldwide.
- We care for orphans not because we are rescuers, but because we are the rescued.
- Ignorance regarding orphans is Biblically inexcusable.
To this last point, I’ll add a quote from the famous abolitionist William Wilberforce which I saw in a documentary about human trafficking. It also holds true here.
“You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.”