Let me say upfront that first & foremost, adoption is about finding the right family for a child (& not vice versa). It is about providing permanency for another human being.
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Twelve reasons adoption is good for the believer…
December 5, 2010 by David Leventhal
That being said, there are a lot of other secondary benefits for those who are led to adopt. If someone came to me with one of these reasons as their primary reason or motivation for adopting I would encourage them to tap the brakes because, as I said above, adoption is first about providing a home for an infant/child/teenager. But like many things in life there are layers of benefits.
Here are 12 secondary reasons why I believe adoption is good for the Christ-follower:
- Adoption & the adoption process provide a venue to trust God like few other things can
- Adoption is a visible picture of the Gospel – adopted children are brought into the family & receive all the blessings, rights & inheritance of the biological children
- Adoption enables us to enter into the pain, loss & grief of another human being which is good for our hearts & soul
- Adoption reminds us that we are not put on this earth for ourselves – we are here to serve, especially those who have no voice
- Adoption is what God has been up to ever since Genesis 3 – setting the lonely in His family
- Adoption teaches our children, both biological & adopted (& the local church – that God’s people look out for those who cannot look out for themselves – it’s just what we should be doing
- Adoption forces us to confront our motivations, beliefs and expectations about how we build our family
- Adoption demonstrates that love is a choice, not a fleeting emotion
- Adoption is one of God’s answer for the orphan…one day there will be no more orphans, but for today adoption is needed
- Adoption helps foster compassion
- Adoption is infectious – those who watch a family go through the adoption process will be more likely to process it for themselves
- Adoption teaches perseverance & endurance because it can be hard – really, really hard