I am a big fan of adoption for a few reasons. On the surface it is simply a beautiful act of taking in those who are more unfortunate than us in their living situations, but it goes so much deeper. Adoption is a great picture and thus a wonderful way to show how God relates to us in His adoption of believers as His children. I have seen this great event take place many times over the course of my life and indeed, many people from our church fellowship have adopted children of their own and I have seen great joy come through all the pains that accompany the process.
I also believe in what James said about true religion being visiting orphans and widows in their affliction and keeping oneself unstained from the world (James 1:27). Another great thing of beauty is seeing the faces of people light up as they receive gifts that you have brought them in their need, or have you visit them in their loneliness. I had a few experiences like this when I went to China in August of 2008. While I was there, I encountered many people in need of what I had. Hope. And my team and I brought it through (semi-decent) music.
Adoption, giving, blessing, serving. These are all wonderful things that are made possible through the person and work of Jesus Christ alone, and thus His name must be proclaimed through it all. But where should it be done? Jesus said that we should go into all the world to preach and make disciples for Him. But when given the chance to do so, the apostles had trouble leaving home. Now, its just the opposite. Where the disciples only left under persecution, we can’t get people to stay! Why is this? We send off missionaries to all other nations. They go there and willingly face the dangers involved in the name of Christ. But what about here?
What we need
Please don’t take that the wrong way. I would never argue against going to a foreign land to serve God if you are truly called to do so. But don’t just go for the fun of it! That is very much so not the point. We are to serve God everywhere and anywhere. That means that we are living Gospel-centered lives right in front of the people we work, live and eat with. It also means that we go on missions trips to the local skate park, nursing home, colleges, pool halls etc… (all the while following the laws of the land).
So what are you doing to be a missionary in your town?