Why would you take time as a youth pastor to teach students about adoption and orphan care? I have never been asked this question directly, but it has come up in round-about ways.
“What can students really do for orphans? They can’t adopt. So why spend time teaching them about orphan care and adoption?”
The reason we should teach students about adoption is that it leads us to the very heart of the gospel. We were the fatherless that God came into the world to bring into His family. Your students need this theological truth. For example, since in Jesus Christ they have been accepted by the God of the universe, it matters not what their friends think about them. Students need to know that they are loved, accepted, chosen, cared for and have been given the ministry of reconciliation. If they are believing in Jesus, all of these things are true for them now. These are realities that they don’t have to wait until they are adults to enjoy. They can and should live in the reality of them now.
Furthermore, if God cared for us and adopted us when we were rebellious, rejecting His Fatherly love, how much more should we care for needy children who fatherless by no fault of there own. We were fatherless by choice. They are fatherless by no choice of their own, and the gospel is big enough to fix both.
It is imperative that your students know they have been adopted by a loving Father. They need to see their former (or current) state and the state of their friends and family as orphans unless they have been accepted by God through faith in Christ. They need to know that adoption and orphan care is not just a nice thing to do; they are a window into the heart of the gospel.
And this truth should lead them, as it did the incarnate Son, to set aside the comforts of social networking, video games, TV, computers and the complacency of this world to plead for the fatherless, because that is what Jesus did for them. It is simple yet profound. It is the gospel in its purist form, and that is something your students can know and love. Besides, there is much a student can do for the fatherless of the world.
In my next post, we will consider How to Teach Students about Orphan care and the Fatherless.
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