The Cost of Adoption

Today is Orphan Care Sunday.

In our worship meeting this morning, we’ll have a time to focus on orphan care and our role as believers.  Whether it be through prayer, financial support, or even adoption, we’ll take time to acknowledge our responsibility in caring for orphans.  The Scriptures tell us

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 ESV

I’ve thought about adoption.  I’ve even researched what would be involved in the adoption process.  One of the things I discovered is that adoption is costly.  Before you even leave your house, it can cost in the tens of thousands of dollars.

There’s a parallel here.  Jesus tells us this –

I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.  John 14:18-19 ESV

We are adopted…and, the cost was great.  When Jesus left the glory of heaven and came to earth – fully human, yet fully divine – and took our sin on the cross so that we would be made righteous, we were adopted.  We are now co-heirs with Christ.  We can now cry “Abba, Father”.

“You Made Us Your Own” is a song we’ll sing to proclaim our adopted-ness…and celebrate being in God’s family.

We were ruined in our sin
We were guilty and undone
When Your love reached down with sovereign hands
And beckoned us to come

You sought out the wanderers
Made the prodigals come home
With a lavish feast You welcomed us
For You made us Your own

You have loved us like You love Your Son
We are heirs with Christ, bought by His blood
Oh how great the love that we’ve been shown
We’re Your children now, You made us Your own

We are strangers to the world
But no strangers to Your throne
We draw near You now with confidence
For all our fears are gone

And when Christ our King returns
We’ll meet saints we’ve  never known
And forever we will be amazed
That You made us Your own

© 2009 Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)/Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)



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2 responses to “The Cost of Adoption

  1. Great post, Mark. Adopting a child can be one of the most Christlike things a person can do. These parents deserve some recognition and the church’s support.

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