Adoption: To take into one's family through legal means and raise as one's own child. To take up and make one's own
Adopting our daughters was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I honestly believe it is the Lord's will to provide homes for children without them. It is a believers obligation to care for widows and orphans. James 1:27 tells us, "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress..."
Galatians 2:10 encourages us to "remember the poor." And in Matthew 19:14, Jesus declared, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." There is a special place in the Lord's heart for children.
Exodus 22 and 23 tells the Israelites to help the aliens, widows, orphans, and the poor.
Psalm 82:3 says Defend the poor and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and needy.
He is defender of the fatherless... Deuteronomy 10:18, Psalm 10: 18, Psalm 68:5, Psalm 40:17.
It is not comfortable to look upon those who are so needy such as the poor and orphans who do not have homes or hope. It takes us out of our comfort zone. It makes us feel...
The famous British Christian author C.S. Lewis writes... "Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea." (The Jesus I Never Knew by Philip Yancey)
"Anyone will be cursed who is unfair to foreigners, orphans, or widows." Deuteronomy 27:19.
It is the responsibility of believers to help orphans (and widows) whether by adopting or helping a family to adopt, giving money to orphanages, volunteering or sponsoring a child. When a Christian family adopts they demonstrate God's love to everyone. When you go home to your comfortable home with heat and air conditioning, sit down to a lovely dinner of fresh food, take a nice hot bath and snuggle up in your bed with fluffy pillows think of these children who have absolutely nothing.
“I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these my brothers you did it for me.” Matthew 25:40