Have you ever been rescued? I mean truly rescued. Have you ever been in a hopeless situation with no way out, but someone came just in time and saved you? Have you ever been rescued?
I want to tell you about the children who need to be rescued – the 140 million orphans around the world, the 400,000 Foster Children in America, and Foster Children right in your community who are modern-day orphans.
Let me start with an unlikely passage of Scripture.
“For He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He chose in advance for us to be adopted through Jesus Christ for Himself, according to His favor and will” (Ephesians 1:4-5 HCSB)
I wonder, how many of you reading this today were adopted? I bet there are quite a few. How many of you reading this were in foster care as a child? Some of you may have even been an orphan from another country or from America. This is where I want to begin.
I. WE WHO BELIEVE ARE THE RESCUED, ADOPTED, CHILDREN OF GOD
Isn’t that incredible? The Bible, the entire book (Bible) is about adoption. It’s about God loving us and adopting us as His own children. You see, none of us are natural-born children of God. I remember several years ago when we lived in Pearland TX near Houston, I saw a large billboard advertisement that read, “Sister Mary Palm Reader – Natural Born Christian”. Well, I have news for Sister Mary Palm Reader, she is NOT a Natural Born Christian, not according to the Bible. We are all adopted. We’ve been rescued.
Listen to Paul’s words in Colossians 1:13. “For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son”
Galatians 1:4 – “Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live.”
Galatians 4:4-6 – “But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son to redeem those who were under the law so that He could adopt us as His very own children…”
Jesus, dear friends, paid the price for our adoption. The Gospel is all about adoption. We are the Rescued, Adopted Children of God.
II. THE CHURCH IS GOD’S PLAN FOR THE RESCUE OF THE WORLD’S ORPHANS
God wants the Rescued to become the Rescuers. Over and over again, God tells us in His Word that we are to care for the orphans.
Isaiah 1:17 – “Learn to do what is good. Seek justice. Correct the oppressor. Defend the rights of the fatherless…”
Listen to James. “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their trouble…”
Pure Religion – What does that mean? Religion is the way we live out our faith. It is how we practice what we believe. It is the evidence of our faith. Over and over again God says, “Take care of the orphan.” To whom did He speak those commands? He spoke them to the people of God, His church. God has a tremendous love for the orphan. I want you to get this picture in your mind. Imagine a place like the Grand Canyon. On one side there are the millions of orphans in the world. On the other side is the heart of God. And in between there is a great gulf. How are the orphans going to get to the Heart of God? There must be a bridge. And that bridge is not the government. It is not just society. It is the church. The rescued become the rescuers. The adopted become the adopters.
Let’s resolve to do something about this. Let’s resolve to call on every church and every family we know to pray for guidance as to whether God is calling them to adopt or foster a child.
Let’s resolve to encourage our pastors and church leaders to preach and teach on God’s concern for orphans;
Let’s resolve to pray for an outpouring of God’s Spirit on our congregations so that our churches will proclaim and picture, in word and in deed, that “Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world.”
Friends, there are churches all across America that are recapturing this vision from God. They are establishing Foster Care Ministries, Orphan Mission Trips, Adoption Ministries and Funds.
What does God want your church to do for these children? Perhaps God would use your church like He has used the Bennett Chapel Baptist Church in Possum Trot, Texas. In 4 short years the families of that small church have fostered and adopted over 70 children.Or maybe God wants you to start a support group to help those couples who foster or adopt. Many who are not believers are coming to those support groups and finding not only support but they are coming to know Jesus As Savior. What does God want your church to do for the orphans? The church is God’s plan for the care of His orphan children.
III. YOU ARE A PART OF GOD’S PLAN TO RESCUE THE ORPHANS
Let me say quickly that God may not call all of us to foster or adopt a child. But God has called all of us to minister to orphans. I believe that it is just like the concept of gifts. We have not all been gifted in the same way but we have all been given gifts to minister. The same is true with orphan ministries. We all have a role to play in ministering to these children. God does call many to foster or adopt. Psalm 68:6 – “God sets the lonely in families.”
Perhaps that is something you need to pray about. Could it be that God would have you to take a little child into your home and give them a forever family and introduce them to Jesus. Perhaps God wants some of you to take care of a foster child for a couple of hours or a day so that a foster family can take a break. What does God want you to do for His orphans?
Let me take you back in time for just a moment. Can you remember when you were saved? Can you remember how thrilled you were to know that God loved you, that He was with you, that you could talk with Him, and that He would never leave or abandon you?
Now, let me take you forward. One day in Heaven we will be even more thrilled. Scripture tells us that eye has not seen nor ear heard, that it has never entered the heart of man, all that God has for us in Heaven. Think for just a moment about your first day in Heaven.
Now, let me tell you this. That is how a child feels when they are rescued, when love takes them in, when God’s people give them a forever family.
They feel as if they have been born again. They feel as if they have died and gone to Heaven. Someone finally loved them. Someone finally wanted them. Someone finally took them home.
Maybe you reading this today and you’ve never been rescued spiritually. Maybe, you’ve never become a part of the Forever Family of God. If I am describing you, I want you to know that God is excited about you and wants to bring you home. He wants to give you a forever family and He wants to adopt you and give you His name. He is preparing a room for you, like parents do when they bring home a baby. A place just for you. Please, pray right now. A few simple but sincere words from your lips can change your life like you have no idea. Just tell God, this:
“Father, I never knew your heart before, but today I get it. I want to be your child, I want to be a part of your family forever. I want to be adopted into your Holy name. I repent of my sins. I ask you to forgive me. I receive you as my Lord and Savior. You are now my Father and I am now your child”.
If you just prayed this,or if you were already born again into God’s family, Please, make a commitment today to be a part of God’s Great Rescue Plan for these dear children who need a family. Get involved.
If you want to get involved and can help us achieve our mission, contact Eduardo Quintana at firstname.lastname@example.org
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