Adoption and the Gospel

“John Piper says it best, ‘Adoption is the visible gospel.’ Caring for orphans at any level I believe is the most visible picture of the gospel we’ll ever see or show the world around us.” –Steven Curtis Chapman

Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth have been strong advocates for adoption since the adoption of their first little girl, Shaohannah, and then their two other girls, Stevey Joy and Maria.  It has not only been this amazing family that has influenced Stephen’s and my desire to adopt, though.  John Piper and Steven Curtis Chapman hit the nail on the head when they spoke about adoption.  What a beautiful picture of the gospel! We are only the children of God because He has adopted us into His family! Galatians 4:4-6 “But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth his son, born of woman born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so we might receive adoption as sons.”  It’s only by His grace that He chose us to be a part of that family.  And in adopting, we choose a little one to bring into our own family to love.

The Bible also has strong words about caring for orphans.  James 1:27 states that “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.”  There are over 150 million children out there who do not know what it is to have a mother and a father love them.  They have not seen the visible picture of Christ’s love for them demonstrated through a parent and family.  They have no one to tell them about Jesus and how He died and rose for them to save them from their sin.

One of the ways that Stephen and I met was talking about our burden for orphans and adoption.  The Lord has given both of us a longing for a large family, not only of our own biological children, but of His children who have no home.  It’s our prayer that God will see fit to bless us with a “full quiver” and much of His love to shower on these dear little children.

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