At the heart of the Orphan Care Initiative at Saddleback is
the belief that church and family are God’s remedy for the orphan crisis. Psalm
68:5 says, “God places the lonely in families…” When we were spiritually
orphans, God adopted us into His family. In fact, Scripture teaches that the
reason God made the world was so He could adopt (see Eph. 1:4-6). It gives us
an inheritance and the right to call Him Abba, or “Father” (see Gal. 4, Rom. 8). As a result,
as Christians, we are given the joy of reconciling people to God through
adoption (spiritual adoption), and helping children stay in their families, be
reunited with their families or find a new family through adoption (physical
adoption). In this blog (originally posted to Daily Hope), Pastor Rick Warren shares
how we are adopted into God’s family, the Church.
“There are only two ways to get into a family: You can either be
born into it, or you can be adopted into it. God does both for you! It’s called
being born again, and it’s called being adopted into the family of God. God
In Roman law, which people followed in the New Testament, you
could disown a child you birthed. But if you adopted a child, you were
forbidden to ever disown them. God says you are not only born again into his
family, but he has adopted you, and there is no way he could ever disown you.
That’s good news!
You may ask, “No
matter what I do? Really?” That’s right — no matter what you do!
Once you’re born, you cannot be unborn. Once you are born again,
you cannot be unborn again. You can grieve the Father, just like we often do to
our earthly parents. The fellowship may be broken, but no matter what your
parents say, everybody knows you are still their child. In the same way, once
you become a child in the family of God, you’re in!
The Bible says in 1 Timothy 3:15, “I want you to know how people who are members of God’s family must
live. God’s family is the church” (GW). We are the family of God. Church is not
something you go to. Church is something you belong to. You’re welded into the
building of the temple of God. You’re grafted into the vine and the tree of life.
You’re born again and adopted into the family of God. You’re joined into the
body of Christ. These are all connection models.
Most people think that Christianity is a belief system. There are
beliefs that are involved, but it’s more than that. It’s a belong system. It
means you belong to the family of God. It means you are a part of the body of
Christ. The Bible says it’s like being born into a family.
Romans 15:6-7 says, “You
will all be joined together, and you will give glory to God the Father of our
Lord Jesus Christ. Christ accepted you, so you should accept each other, which
will bring glory to God” (NCV).
To learn more on God’s heart for the orphan, check out this video of Rick and
Kay Warren. For more information on how you can be involved in helping children
remain, regain, or reunite with family, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 949-609-8555.