No Longer Waiting: For the sake of the 232
I’ve spent the better part of the past year learning about the global orphan crisis, and I’ve never felt more antsy in all my life. The thing about knowledge is more often than not, it spurs action. But shouldn’t certain kinds of knowledge spur certain kinds of action? One would think.
Just like one would think that knowledge of a command would spur obedience. But far too often, it doesn’t. And I know that, because in my life, it didn’t.
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
Y’all… that’s a command. And for almost 21 years I lived like it was just a really good suggestion. Some people adopted, and that was cool. But what could a young, unmarried coed actually do in way of taking care of orphans? (Because I was sitting around twiddling my thumbs waiting to get hitched and let me tell you… that got old real quick.)
Well, it turns out a lot. For years I thought adoption was the only answer, and it isn’t. In fact, a large portion of the world’s orphaned and vulnerable children aren’t even elidgable for adoption. So what then?
Tim Keller said it this way:
“When people ask me, ‘How do you want to be introduced?’ I usually propose they say ‘This is Tim Keller, minister of the Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City.’ Of course, I am many things, but that is the main thing I spend my time doing in public life. Realize then, how significant it is that the Biblical writers introduce God as a ‘father to the fatherless, a defender of widows’ (Psalms 68:4-5). This is one of the main things he does in the world. He identifies with the powerless, he takes up their cause.”
If we are called to emulate the person, work, and character of Christ, and indeed we are, then shouldn’t we emulate this as well? Shouldn’t that be one of the main things we do in this world- identify with the powerless, and take up their cause? Because y’all it is ALL over scripture.
The third annual Liberty Shoebox Blitz started this morning and I stand humbled and amazed at the work of our Global God, and how He once again chose to use our feeble efforts to reach the fatherless and powerless of this world.
Before lunch on the first day of the week-long event, there were 232 packed shoebox gifts on the truck. (For context, we didn’t hit the hundred mark until Wednesday last year).
232 Gospel Opportunities. 232 opportunities for an orphan to meet their perfect and adoring and loving Father- a father who is involved in their everyday lives and wants a thriving relationship with them.
232 children who will get more than a tooth brush and a notebook and a soccer ball this Christmas season. 232 children who will receive a Bible in their language, and the chance to be enrolled in a 12 week discipleship program.
Refugees will be introduced to their Prince of Peace, the sick will be hear of their Great Physician, and the lost will hear a God who not only left heaven, but died to find them, and to keep them in perfect communion with Him forever in paradise.
Because the God we serve is the Father to the Fatherless, and for some reason that I will never understand but forever be grateful for, he chose to use us to reach them.
232. And y’all… the week has just barely started.
I’m done with twiddling my thumbs. And I have 232 reasons why I’ll never do it again.