• By John Hicks

"I could never do that!"

I sometimes hear "I could never do that" from professing Christians when they find out that we have fostered and adopted five precious little ones and we are in the process of fostering our sixth little one with his adoption coming up here in November. This is on top of our two biological children. People hear that and then the excuses tend to begin. Sometimes they don't say it out loud but I suspect that they are saying it in their hearts. We are not special people for doing this. We are just simply doing what brings our Lord and Saviour much glory and pleasure. The truth be told, more people could do it but there is a selfish barrier in the way of these committing to such a sacrifice. They say they can't do it but they have the resources. They say they can't do it but they have the capacity. They say they can't do it but they can accommodate taking in a child who needs a family. They have many excuses for not being able to sacrifice themselves to such a commitment but they really ought to consider this one question: Was not the Lamb that was slain worthy of our sacrifice? While they say cannot do it God knows their hearts. What their hearts are really saying is "we will not do it". Here is what God says about that: If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works? Proverbs 24:12 The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it. Proverbs 29:7 It really is simply the right thing to do as a Christian. Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. James 1:27 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: [35] For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: [36] Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. [37] Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee ? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? [38] When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee ? [39] Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? [40] And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. [41] Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: [42] For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: [43] I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. [44] Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? [45] Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. [46] And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. Matthew 25:34-46 It comes down to this, if you do it to least of these you do it until our Lord Jesus. If you care for the little ones you are experiencing what God calls pure religion and it brings Him much glory. If every church in the USA took in just one child there wouldn't be such an unforgivable backlog in our country's foster system. The fact that this is an ongoing issue in a country with millions of professing Christians greatly grieves our Lord and Saviour. Remember if you don't do it unto the least of these then you are not doing it unto the Lord. You claim to have accepted Jesus into your hearts but you will not take the little ones into your homes. You may be upset for me using guilt to try to motivate you but if you are guilty of this selfishness then there is something you can do to remedy that. It is after all the right thing to do. Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. James 4:17 Our Lord and Saviour is more than worthy of our sacrifice!


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