Our dear friends are adopting a child from China next month. They already have four biological children, but the Lord has moved them to express our adoption in Christ in a tangible way.
Their adoption will be a visible testimony to all who know them of God’s pursuing love for His children. As the old hymn proclaims, “Jesus sought me when a stranger, wandering from the fold of God. He, to rescue me from danger, interposed His precious blood.” Our friends will bring a stranger into their home and confer on him all the rights of a son.
This adoption will also be a daily preaching of the Gospel to their own hearts and to their other children, as each will see in a new way what a profound thing the Lord has done for us. It won’t be an easy road, but raising a child never is.
And what about the little boy? A precious soul will be brought out of a pagan nation, taught the Scriptures, and raised to follow Christ. By God’s grace, I trust this little orphan will one day know the joy of two adoptions: first, into an earthly family and later as a child of God and fellow heir with Christ.
Adoption is a picture of the Gospel to the world, to the church, to the family, and to the child. When Christians adopt, they go as workers into the harvest field.
“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Luke 10:2 (ESV)