How the Church can care for orphans

Seed Adoption explains how the mission of the Church flows out of God’s love to us and into a commitment to love and care for the marginalized.

The Orphan Crisis, the Gospel, and the Local Church

The greatest problem our world faces is fatherlessness. Not just for the child who has lost her parents, but for the person who has lost God as Father. Sin has made the world into a spiritual orphanage where our God-given identity and inheritance have been replaced with a thousand efforts to make a name for ourselves. But thankfully, because of the substitutionary life, death, and life of Jesus Christ – the gospel – all who trust in him are adopted by God, have their identity restored as fellow sons of God the Father, and have an eternal inheritance lavished upon them.

As the Apostle Paul wrote, “God sent forth his Son…so that we might receive adoption as sons, and…the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’” (Gal. 4:4-6). Now, as the largest family on earth – comprised of the rescued and the redeemed – the church must be saturated with the truth of adoption, so much so that it spills out of local churches everywhere, runs deep through the lives of believers, and pours onto children who are adopted into our homes (Jms 1:27)

God has entered into our dangerous situation and adopted us. He has given us an identity and changed our legal status. He has granted us the experience and joy of sonship. He has given us the right of being an heir. He has done it all at the cost of his Son. In our joy, no matter the cost, and with the empowerment of our local churches, may followers of Jesus proclaim to the world what God has done and walk in a manner worthy of our calling by caring for and adopting orphaned children.