Why do we adopt?

There are many compelling reasons to adopt. To list only a few:

South Africa has 3.7 million orphans facing desperate circumstances. Outside the safety of a home they are neglected, alone and become victims of social evils including human trafficking and prostitution.

The best orphanage is not a home. The best caregivers are not parents. Fellow orphans are not siblings. Adoption makes all the difference to that one child.

Some couples face infertility, as we did, and adoption offers a way to be parents despite the inability to have biological children.

As opposed to abortion, what alternative other than adoption can Christians propose for mothers unable to care for their children?

Caring for orphans and the fatherless – exemplified most profoundly through adoption – reflects the Father heart of God. As the brother of Jesus makes clear,“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)

Even more profoundly, through adoption we reflect what God did for us through Jesus when we believe and trust in him. Before the creation of the world it was in His mind to adopt us through the work of the cross. “In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.” (Ephesians 1:4b-6).

Is this why we adopt? Yes and no.

These are objective truths. They only become personal when they settle in our minds and convict our hearts. But even then it does not necessarily move our will.

What ultimately moved us to adopt?

A conviction, solidified over time, that this was part of God’s chosen purpose for our lives. If this is His will for us, then why would we want to be anywhere else?


6 thoughts on “Why do we adopt?

  1. Very very true. Adoptive parents are chosen by God. It’s not for everyone as it really takes a different type of person to cross the barrier. What’s interesting as we have been part of the adoptive world for 4 yrs how peoples perception of adoption is quite narrow minded.

  2. Beautifully put, my beloved brother and sister in Jesus.
    I would like to add one this one truth against which my sinful nature rebels awfully…
    Adoption is a particularly powerful demonstration of this great, amazing structure we call the gospel. But it is only one of an infinite number of ways in which to show and exercise the gospel – not for us to pick and choose, refuse or accept, but fully and willingly to embrace once God brings it across our path, difficult though it be. And the knowledge we as Christians gain through deep, sometimes painful experience, is that if we refuse, in principle, to demonstrate the gospel at any point, we undercut it at EVERY point. The more we understand the providence and power of God, the more we will willingly accept this truth.
    Shalom in Jesus

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  4. Per toeval op hierdie blog van julle afgekom..via Fbook(jou Pa) miskien kan jy onthou van my lank terug se blog oor ons Kinderaanneming en belewenis daarvan, Besig om julle blog te lees. Vreugde van ‘n kind is kosbaar.

  5. Baie dankie vir dit wat julle met ons deel. Ons het ons aangenome seuntjie Vrydag huis toe gebring. Ons wêreld is gat oor kop gegooi…but we’re loving it! Alles voel net so reg terwyl dit eintlik chaos is op die oomblik. ń Vriendin van my het díe link vir my gestuur dit gisteraand erens op TV gesien. Ek so dankbaar vir haar! Ons het 2 ouer kinders, 13 en 16, hulle is mal oor hulle boetie, Benjamin.

    • Baie dankie Mignonne! Baie geluk!! Kan dink jul wêreld voel omgegooi maar wat ‘n wonderlike stap wat jul geneem het! 🙂 Geniet elke oomblik van die nuwe avontuur in jul lewe – back to basics seker met’ n baba in die huis, gelukkig het jy gewillige helpers! Dankie vir die inloer!

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