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Heaven and Earth

I received an email several years ago from a couple that decided to move to Africa in order to bring their children home. So difficult had the adoption process become that they realized the only way to bring their children home was move to Africa—and move they did! What in the world motivated this couple to move across the world in order to bring their children home? Here is how the husband answered that question in an email he sent me: “The ‘sacrifice’ seemed surprisingly small to leave the comforts of America for [Africa] when we compared them to Christ’s loving act of leaving the glories of heaven for the hardships he faced on earth.”

In Ephesians 1:5, Paul writes that God the Father “predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ” (emphasis mine), through the one who became man, taking to himself our very bone and flesh. Amazingly, the Son of God joined himself to us, not as a one who would keep a safe distance, but as one who would enter into the very heart of our world’s mess. Jesus came near to the broken by becoming broken for us. For the poor Jesus became poor. So near did he come to us that he embraced our suffering by suffering for us and in our place. The glorious Son of God left the perfection of heaven to the brokenness of earth in order that he might bring us into the joy and gladness of his family. Now that is amazing love.

As Christians, we owe our place in the household of God to the relentless, loving, unyielding pursuit of our Triune God. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit took a “whatever it takes” approach to redeem us so that we might receive adoption as sons. When God sent forth his Son into the world, he did so knowing his Son would face the agony of Gethsemane and God-forsakenness upon the cross. Wonderfully, by the glory of the Father Jesus passed through death into resurrection. God had secured our place in his family. He essentially moved heaven and earth to get us!

Do you know what orphans need? You knew I was going to ask that question, didn’t you? Orphans need Christians who have been so gripped by the relentless, loving, unyielding pursuit of their God for them that they will “move heaven and earth” to visit them in their affliction. The church of Jesus Christ needs this kind of commitment in order to fulfill the biblical mandate to care for orphans. Obviously, this certainly does not mean that every believer needs to move across the sea for the sake of the fatherless (although I must say that it would be very interesting if this did happen!). What it does mean, though, is that we, together, are committed to caring for the orphan even if it brings us pain—emotional, physical, spiritual, economic, or otherwise.

If we are to become God-like in our care for the fatherless, we must live and move and find our daily joy and comfort in the story of redemption. The reality of what God has done for us in Christ is the key to mobilizing the church to visit orphans in their affliction.

Will you join us October 17-18 in beautiful Greenville, South Carolina as we look at the tough issues of adoption ethics and practice, family preservation and reunification, the fatherless problem in the U.S., and indigenous and international adoption through the lens of God’s relentless love? We’re bringing in many of the very best voices out there to cut through all the noise. Join us!

Learn more about this year’s Together for Adoption National Conference.

  • Patricia D jackson

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  • Patricia Jackson

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